Boric dismissed two senior military commanders after the tragic death of a young soldier in northern Chile

Boric dismissed two senior military commanders after the tragic death of a young soldier in northern Chile
Boric dismissed two senior military commanders after the tragic death of a young soldier in northern Chile

Boric dismissed two senior military commanders after the tragic death of a young soldier in northern Chile (REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido)

The Chilean president, Gabriel Boricdismissed this Friday a general and a colonel following the death of a conscript soldier from 19 years after a military exercise in the north of the country.

“The president has accepted the general’s resignation proposal (Ruben Castillo) and the colonel (Sebastian Silva),” reported the Minister of Defense Maya Fernandezupon the request of the head of the Army Javier Iturriaga to withdraw the military.

This is the commander in chief of the VI DivisionBrigadier General Ruben Castilloand the commander of the Motorized Brigade No. 24 Huamachucocolonel Sebastian Silvawhere Franco Vargas19 years old, was doing his military service.

Vargas He died on April 27 after an instruction march near the town of Putreabout 2,500 km north of Santiagoat more than 3,500 meters of altitude, near the borders with Bolivia and Peru.

At first, the Army assured that Vargas He had breathing problems and fainted during a march, so he was taken to a hospital. care center where he would have died.

However, Romina Vargasthe young man’s mother, denounced that the conscript was subjected to abuse and was not allowed to wear warm clothing.

These are the commander in chief of the VI Division, Brigadier General Rubén Castillo, and the commander of the Huamachuco Motorized Brigade No. 24, Colonel Sebastián Silva (EFE/Ivan Villanueva)

Vargas affirmed before a Senate committee that his son asked his superiors for helpwho would have responded with insults and blows.”

Added to the complaint, the director of the care center Where the young man arrived, he assured that he arrived dead at the premises. The autopsy established that Franco Vargas had a sudden death from heart problems.

After the accusations, the Army opened a summary, the National Institute of Human Rights filed a complaint for “illegitimate pressures” and the Supreme Court appointed a special judge to investigate the case.

The head of the Army He admitted “contradictions” in the initial information, and assured that an investigation will be made “if there was concealment of information or if it was outright lied.”

The case brought back the memory of the death of 44 conscripts and a non-commissioned officer in May 2005 who were ordered to march despite adverse weather conditions, and ended up trapped in a storm snow in a mountainous area 550 km south of Santiago.

Meanwhile, the Chilean justice system sentenced Hector Llaitul, the main radical Mapuche leader, for several attacks on the police and forestry companies in the midst of his fight for the recovery of “ancestral lands” that he claims for the indigenous people.

The Chilean justice system sentenced Héctor Llaitul, the main radical Mapuche leader, to 23 years in prison (EFE/José Caviedes)

The sentence was read in the presence of the judge Rocío Pinillafrom the criminal court of the city of Temuco, in southern Chile, during a virtual hearing.

Llaitul must serve 15 years in prison as “perpetrator of the crimes of violation (…) of the State Security Law,” the sentence states.

Additionally, you must pay five years in prison for theft and three for attacks against authority.

“It is a very important sentence. It marks a relevant precedent in the persecution of criminal organizations that operate in the southern macrozone,” said regional prosecutor Roberto Garrido.

Held for almost two years in a prison in Concepción (south), Llaitul, 56, was found guilty on April 22 of incitement to violence, violent usurpations, simple theft and attack against authority.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

 
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