Chile: Court Partially Annuls Conviction against Mapuche on Hunger Strike

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Chilean Supreme Court decided to annul part of the trial that in August convicted two Mapuche community members that have been on hunger strike for 60 days in Angol Prison.

The President of the Criminal Court of the maximum tribunal of Chile, Milton Juica, explained that in the case of Daniel Levinao Montoya, the court unanimously ordered to annul the sentence of attempted murder against General Ivan Bezmalinovic, but confirms the conviction for illegal possession of a weapon.

In this way, a new trial will have to be carried out to determine the alleged responsibility for the charge of attempted murder against a police officer, just leaving him convicted of illegal arms possession.

Meanwhile, Paulino Levipan Coyan, will be able to leave prison immediately, located in the capital of Malleco province, since the Supreme Court reduced the sentence from 10 years to 3 years and 541 days, through consignment without the deprivation of freedom, in changing the charge from attempted homicide to assault on a police officer.

This triumph on the part of the Mapuche and their defense could influence the hunger strike that the two youth, together with two other inmates convicted of similar incidents in Angol Prison, an action that has been carried out for two months, maintaining a precarious state of health.

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Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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