Nine other criminal charges have been pressed against General Director Mario Rozas for crimes such as torture and unlawful coercion
Chile's Police General Director Mario Rozas will be questioned this week about the 30 accusations against him, of which 21 are lawsuits filed for crimes against humanity.
According to La Tercera, nine other criminal charges have been pressed against him for crimes such as torture and unlawful coercion, all in the context of the mobilizations that have taken place since the popular uprising began.
The actions include cases like that of Mauricio "El Lambi" Fredes, a young man who died when he fell into a pit during a demonstration in the Plaza de la Dignidad. Also the case of Oscar Perez, who was left in a very severe condition after being run over by two military vehicles and other cases involving eye traumas and serious injuries to children and adults.
Along with the accusations against Rozas, there are several cases filed in the Courts of Appeal at a national level.
Since the protests against the government of Sebastian Piñera began, 153 appeals have been filed against uniformed personnel, according to court records. However, 123 have been rejected, 21 have been accepted and eight are pending.
Regarding the appeals for protection, there are 161 cases filed with the courts, of which 113 are pending, 46 were rejected and only two were accepted.
The general will be defended in court by a legal team advised by lawyers Cristian Muga and Rodrigo avila, who represented mayor Felipe Guevara during the constitutional accusation against him. To date, the police has been accused on multiple occasions of serious human rights violations.
This week, Chile's National Institute of Human Rights (NHRI) released a new report revealing that the number of people arrested in the country over the popular protests is increasing.
Based on observations made in the police headquarters by the NHRI, at least 9,794 people have been arrested since the beginning of the protests in October.