Chile: Justice Minister resigns after criticism over pardons

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Marcela Rios submitted her resignation from the Ministry of Justice, as announced by its president ChileGabriel Boric, due to criticism he received for granting pardons to those convicted of offenses linked to the episodic protests of 2019.

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Her successor will be the jurist Luis Cordero Vegawho will take office in the coming days, President Boric said in a videotaped speech, thanking Rios for her work at the Justice Department over the past 10 months.

Boric had been in favor of granting pardons to those convicted of crimes linked to the riots that rocked the Andean country in 2019.

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The list of pardons included those convicted, aged between 21 and 38, for crimes such as looting, possession and throwing of Molotov cocktails, etc.

However, political opponents denounced some of the December “pardons,” such as one for a former guerrilla who had been convicted and imprisoned for other crimes, and accused Rios of poor coordination and lack of communication. They had even announced that they were determined to submit a relevant memorandum to Congress on Monday.

Source: News Beast

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