The Udi presents a project to eliminate the presidential power to apply pardons


The Udi college of senators presented a constitutional reform project this Tuesday to repeal the presidential power to grant pardons. This, after last Friday the president pardoned 13 people -12 convicted in the context of the social epidemic, and the former member of the Patriotic Front Manuel Rodríguez (FPMR). Jorge Mateluna-.

“What we experienced last week is clear evidence that this faculty is not being used well. It is a faculty that originates in absolutist governments, it is something very ancient and if it had not been repealed it is because it was thought that the authority could use it prudently, for humanitarian purposes, with the terminally ill or with little chance of survival”. indicated Senator Udi light ebenspergerone of the signatories of the project.

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“Clearly this power was used for political purposes, pardoning criminals convicted by justice, in the worst moment in terms of security that the country is experiencing, when we were at a cross-table to see how we tackled this together. The truth is that he is laughing at the citizens,” added the lawmaker.

The other signatories of the project are the Udi senators Javier Macaya, Ivan Moreira, Enrique Van Rysselberghe Y David Sandoval.

Sayings on the Mateluna trial

UDI also criticized Boric for questioning the trial of Jorge Mateluna, sentenced to 16 years in prison after being accused of participating in an attack on a branch of Banco Santander in Pudahuel in 2013.

The President stated that “I have the deepest conviction that in the trial of Jorge Mateluna there were irregularities and an evaluation of the evidence that did not meet the standards of justice. This is not a personal opinion or something that I have discussed individually, but it is the opinion of the former dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, davor harasicwho is one of the jurists who have approached the case more seriously”.

In this regard, the senator and president of the UDI, Javier Macaya, stated that “the Supreme Court itself is in some way questioning the fact that this decision cannot question what the powers of the courts of justice are. It is different to issue a pardon for humanitarian considerations, it is different to issue a pardon based on the state of health, than to do it for political considerations”.

Macaya referred to a statement released on Tuesday by the Plenary of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court referred to the President’s statements and cited paragraph 1 of Article 76 of the Constitution.

The article establishes: “The power to judge civil and criminal cases, to resolve them and to enforce the judgments belongs exclusively to the courts established by law.

“Neither the President of the Republic nor the Congress can, in any case, exercise judicial functions, deal with pending cases, review the foundations or content of their resolutions or revive dead processes”, adds the text.

Macaya said that UDI will analyze whether to pardon Boric Mateluna to the Constitutional Court (TC).

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