The Chilean government yesterday appealed the ruling that granted conditional release to Facundo Jones Huala, arguing that the convicted person “does not meet the legal and regulatory requirements” to obtain the benefit. The presentation was made by lawyers from the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security.
The challenge presented emphasizes that “regarding his resocialization process, the condemned Jones Huala has never recognized the crime committed, has never measured the damage done, and therefore his behavior in a sustained manner is refractory to the values of respect for the rights of people”.
The Undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, had anticipated that the Government of Sebastián Piñera was going to appeal the parole benefit granted to Jones Huala. It is a “bad sign”, he argued.
The decision was adopted by the ministers Carlos Gutiérrez and Luz Mónica Arancibia, who annulled the resolution of the Parole Commission, which in October of last year had denied the request.
In this context, Undersecretary Galli pointed out that “the granting of parole goes exactly in the opposite direction of what the citizenry is demanding of us.”
Jones Huala was serving a sentence in the special module for indigenous leaders in the Temuco prison, after being convicted of the arson attack on the Pisu Pisué estate, which occurred in the Los Ríos region in January 2013.
After five years as a fugitive in Argentina, he was extradited to Chile, beginning to serve nine years in prison.
Jones Huala, who leads the violent group Resistencia Ancestral Mapuche (RAM), was already processing his return to Argentina and this set off alarms in Patagonia, since in one of his last appearances through statements he wrote from prison, Jones Huala called to “avenge the death of Elías Garay”, the member of the Lof Quemquentreu Mapuche community who was shot dead last November in the Cuesta del Ternero area, between El Bolsón and Bariloche. So, in Patagonia they fear that he has decided to keep his promise and move forward with violent actions.
The memory of the writings that the Mapuche leader wrote while he was behind bars now take on greater importance, since his freedom would allow him to advance with some of the promises he made.
Among them, “recover lands that were cleared to the original peoples”; “avenge the blood” (after the murder of Garay)”; “Let the actions speak, the weichan will clear the path of opportunists and malicious, that anger and sadness do not blind us, and without confusing the enemy, let’s hit accurately where it hurts power the most”; or “that neither his death nor any other be in vain, that the blood be avenged and the land recovered be more than slogans, that the bullets are going to return, be more than a little song”.
In this context, the president of the Pro Patricia Bullrich assured that “I am very concerned that Jones Huala is released. Why? It is evident that some want him to comply with everything he wrote in his letters and continue the violence.”
In tune with her, the national deputy Gerardo Milman said: “With respect for the autonomous and independent decisions of the Chilean justice system, the conditional release of Jones Huala should alert the Argentine authorities to the acts of violence that are taking place. can generate in our Andean region”.