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Chilean Prosecutor’s Office asks to postpone process against general

Santiago de Chile, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Prosecutor's Office requested to postpone an investigative process against the Director General of Carabineros, General Ricardo Yáñez, who was on the verge of being accused of human rights violations during the 2019 social protests.

According to the media, Yáñez was preparing to resign from office before sitting in the dock, on May 7th. His situation changed after the murder of three police officers this Saturday, the same day that an anniversary of the institution was being commemorated.

The general is accused of omitting crimes, such as illegitimate coercion resulting in serious injuries and homicides, in the context of the protests four years ago, when he was director of Order and Security in the militarized police.

Yáñez’s defense presented several procedures before the Constitutional Court and the Court of Appeals to avoid the process, but all were rejected. Nevertheless, following the murder of three police officers this weekend in the commune of Cañete, in the Biobío region, sectors of the opposition renewed the demand, supported by the Government, for the general’s permanence as the head of that body.

According to a survey published by Plaza Pública Cadem, after the murder of the agents, 45 percent of respondents estimate that the general should remain in office until his term ends in October, while 46 support his resignation now or after finding the culprits.

In a message published on his X account, lawyer Mauricio Daza pointed out that an attack against police officers does not erase the personal criminal responsibility that a member of the institution may have in other crimes.