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Piñera is accused of crimes against humanity committed in a widespread and systematic manner since the social outbreak of October 2019.
Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, the Chilean Human Rights Commission (CHDH), the American Association of Jurists (AAJ) and the Centro di Ricerca ed Elaborazione per la Democrazia (CRED), on Thursday requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate, indict and initiate a trial against Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.
According to a brief sent to the ICC Prosecutor General, lawyer Fatou Bensouda, prosecuting Piñera and his civilian, military and police collaborators becomes imperative for "crimes against humanity" that have been "committed in a widespread and systematic manner" since October 2019.
The text adds that this is an attempt to "remove them from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and (...) prepare the conditions that would favor their subsequent impunity with the eventual application of the statute of limitations, or through the application of possible pardons, amnesties or period laws."
In addition, it was denounced that the State agencies in charge of investigating and judging, such as the Public Prosecutor's Office and the Judiciary, have had an unjustified delay in the substantiation of these processes and their actions do not have the necessary independence and impartiality and due respect for the principle of equality before the law.
According to the president of the CHDH, lawyer Carlos Margotta, the request for a trial at the ICC seeks to sanction the highest Chilean authorities, including the successive ministers of the Interior and Defense, as well as the general directors of the Carabineros.