Twelve convicted of acts committed during the social outbreak in Chili of 2019 and a former member of the Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front, which armedly fought the dictatorship, were pardoned on Friday by the president gabriel boric.
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The 13 pardons were announced by the presidency in a brief statement, which first reported 11 names and added two more later.
The presidential pardon includes 12 men between the ages of 21 and 38 and ex-guerrilla Jorge Mauricio Mateluna Rojas, 48, convicted of a bank robbery in 2013 and whose judicial process had been questioned in several instances.
President Boric had promised in his campaign to grant a general pardon through an amnesty law for prisoners for events related to the social outbreak and which was rejected by various sectors of the right.
As the law did not prosper, Boric opted for the presidential power to grant pardons to those who request it and meet a series of requirements.
The measure was celebrated by the associations of relatives of prisoners of the outbreak and members of the Communist Party, which is part of the ruling party, as a gesture that “demands social protest.”
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