Chile: Piñera could face 20 years for crimes against humanity

Photo: Presidency of Chile

The accusation was filed on Dec 12.

The seventh Court of Guarantees of Santiago admitted a complaint about crimes against humanity presented by the Upper House’s Human Rights Commission president Alejandro Navarro against Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera.

“He will be punished with imprisonment in any of its grades, the maximum degree being a penalty ranging from 15 to 20 years,” Navarro said.

The Broad Social Movement (MAS) senator added that the right-wing Chilean president must be held responsible for the consequences of his political decisions given that there has been a “systematic and organized attack” against the population.

The accusation was filed on Dec 12, when Navarro went to court accompanied by people who lost their eyes as a result of the repression that the Military Police and the Army have unleashed against Chileans since Oct. 18.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and at least two international NGOs have made special reports on the recent violation of human rights in Chile.

This article originally appeared on teleSUR English.

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