July 25, 2013
Two members of the community of Rayen Mapu Lof Lolokos, were sentenced to five years and one day for the crime of "forest arson", and 541 days for "damages to two buses and a truck tank", for events recorded in 2011 in the sector Chiguaihue in Ercilla.
The sentence delivered by the Oral Criminal Court of Angol was against the community members Christian Pablo Levinao Melinao and Rodrigo Eliecer Melinao Licán. Both also must pay a fine of four UTM.
The sentence delivered by the Oral Criminal Court of Angol was against the community members Christian Pablo Levinao Melinao and Rodrigo Eliecer Licán Melinao. Both also must pay a fine of four UTM (monthly tax unit).
According to police records, the incident occurred on October 28, 2011 around 08:20 pm when Forestry Cautín workers entered to work in the middle of a forestry job, they would have met people who had entered the estate for alleged sabotage.
19 witnesses testified at the trial, two of them "faceless" and without identity and 4 others individualized with only their initials, as alleged measure of protection according to the prosecution.
For neither Mapuche community member exists the possibility of obtaining any prison benefits, since they have previous convictions. Meanwhile, Levinao Melinao has two cases pending for the crime of arson, as reported from the scene to Radio Bio Bio.