Monday, March 11, 2013

Court of Guarantee of Collipulli denies change of precautionary measure for Mapuche minor confined in the Prison for Minors in Chol Chol, Chile

March 9, 2013

On Thursday morning, March 6th, a Hearing was held to review the precautionary measures of Gabriel Valenzuela Montoya, Mapuche minor of the community Wente Winkul Mapu, held at the center for minors in Chol Chol, whereby his confinement in that establishment is maintained.

The prosecution, in the absence of legal arguments, argued that this young community member has relatives who are in hiding, so modifying the precautionary measure of temporary internment might cause him to assume the same behavior. The judge, becoming part of these political gimmicks, decided to maintain the imprisonment, stating simply that no new facts were presented.

It should be recalled that this young Mapuche political prisoner a few weeks ago denounced the lack of transparency in the judicial process, in which the prosecution has acted so as to prolong the confinement, without closing the investigation. On the other hand he denounced the fact that the SENAME does not meet the agreement to provide a van to transport his family once a month and maintain a more fluid contact with his community.

Various measures have been taken by the state to undermine the convictions of the young Mapuche, but according to his own words "despite the confinement... the Chilean state can not silence my voice."   

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