It is expected that this Monday the election of the new national prosecutor by the Government of President Gabriel Boric will finally come to an end.
The President must choose a name from the group made up of the chief prosecutor of Santiago Norte, José Morales; the Aysén prosecutor, Carlos Palma, the head of the Legal and Anti-Corruption unit of the Public Ministry, Marta Herrera; and the lawyers Ángel Valencia and Rodrigo Ríos, although the latter informally dropped out due to “personal problems.”
Boric must send his proposal to the Senate, where it will have to be ratified by 2/3 of the Chamber. If he gets the support of parliamentarians, the designated will become Jorge Abbott’s successor.
In the run-up to the President making his candidate official, from the Association of Prosecutors of Chile they assured that whoever takes the helmsman of the Public Ministry must carry out a job different from the previous leadership.
The president of the association, Francisco Bravo, indicated on Radio Agricultura that whoever is chosen must “make a turn with respect to leadership, put the prosecutor’s office back in the place it deserves, as the most important body.”
He assured that the new national prosecutor must achieve “that people trust the Public Ministry again, that implies having a much closer, much more open relationship with the community and also going to the communes, to the places, so that people They can also understand what the work of prosecutors is about.”
In addition, he stressed that “an internal redesign is also required from the point of view of management”, since “from the national prosecutor the persecution policies are defined, that is, where the accents and priorities are placed in the investigations. The criteria for action are defined”.
“We hope that hopefully a person who has the qualities to face the new challenges that are coming will be chosen,” he added.
Bravo warned that “there is a consensus that it cannot be a continuation of the previous national prosecutor, in that in seven years it was not very clear what the persecution policy was. We did not get ahead of ourselves, we were not able – and in this I do not want to personalize the problem in a person – to see it coming, something that had already been announced for seven, six years.
In addition, the leader of the Association of Prosecutors pointed to the rise in homicides: “Since 2010 one saw a progressive upward curve, from 2010 to 2015. In 2015 the previous national prosecutor took office. Lastly, 2015 did not see it, but you cannot say that it did not see it in 2017 or 2018, clearly there was an upward trend”.
In this way, he remarked that “here there must be a very clear prosecution policy regarding violent crime and a decision by the national prosecutor to pursue these crimes vigorously”, always respecting the rights of people.
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