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Chilean justice seeks its first “anti-crime czar” to combat organized crime


Names of possible candidates are already being rumored in the corridors of Chilean courts and prosecutors’ offices.

(From Santiago, Chile) – The Chilean government promulgated this Thursday the amendment that creates the Supraterritorial Prosecutor’s Office, a new institution in charge of combating organized crime and highly complex crimes, increasingly common in Chile after the arrival of criminal gangs such as the Aragua Train.

Its head, who will be appointed by the National Prosecutor at the proposal of the Supreme Court, will have jurisdiction throughout the national territory, which will allow him to intervene in cases that transcend local borders, becoming a true “anti-crime czar” unprecedented in the country, a kind of Elliot Ness of the 21st century, which will surely grab headlines and – if it does its job well – could become one of the public figures best evaluated in the country.

“The Supraterritorial Prosecutor’s Office will allow us to have an institution prepared to face crimes that are committed in different parts of the national territory or even connecting territories that go beyond our borders.” borders“said the Minister of the Interior at the promulgation ceremony, Carolina Tohá, according to a note from the electronic newspaper The counter.

The National Prosecutor, Angel Valenciaassured that “the nature of some criminal phenomena has evolved in recent years, observing the presence of organized crime, spreading in several regions of the country, and of new criminal markets. For this reason, it is necessary to advance in the investigative logic that overcomes the limited work in certain territories, considering the enormous evolution of interregional and transnational criminal phenomena, which is further aggravated in the Metropolitan Region.

The initiative, promoted by right-wing senators Manuel José Ossandón, María José Gatica, Alejandro Kusanovic, Carlos Kuschel and Kenneth Pugh, I ended up being strongly supported by the Governmentwhich merged it with a similar proposal that included half-processed projects belonging to former leaders Sebastián Piñera and Michelle Bachelet.

The Minister of Justice, Luis Cordero, He indicated in turn that this new figure “implies not only a simple change in the organization of the Public Ministry, but also “a structure to guarantee effective criminal prosecution, and specifically for the fight against organized crime and the criminal justice system. transnational persecution.”

The new Supraterritorial Prosecutor will be a kind of Elliot Ness of the 21st century, with the mission of dismantling gangs that have spread throughout the country, such as the Aragua Train.

For his part, the deputy José Miguel Castro (RN)a member of the Security Commission, stated that the creation of the figure of this “anti-crime czar” is good news for Chile and a “bad news” for the Aragua Train.

“The Supraterritorial Prosecutor’s Office will allow us to confront organized crime with a more global vision and in this way be able to respond more efficiently to the crime.” increase in crime and to the high crime rates to which we were not accustomed,” said the opposition parliamentarian, maintaining that “our votes as the opposition will always be present on issues of citizen security,” he stressed.

Whoever is appointed to the position must have at least ten years of experience. lawyer degreehave reached 35 years of age, be a citizen with the right to vote and meet the conditions of knowledge and experience in litigation in criminal matters which will be determined according to the constitutional organic law.

In the corridors of prosecutors’ offices and courts, several possible leaders for the new Supraterritorial Prosecutor’s Office are already mentioned. Among the candidates are Emiliano Arias (Regional Prosecutor of O’Higgins), Carlos Palma (of Aysén) and Héctor Barros (of the Southern Prosecutor’s Office) at the level of regional prosecutors. In addition, Ángel Valencia’s close collaborators are considered, such as Eugenio Campos and Ignacio Castillo, directors of the Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime units, respectively. Chief prosecutors from various areas of the country are also mentioned, highlighting names such as Paola Apablaza, Tania Sironvalle and Ximena Chongas well as others such as Miguel Ángel Orellana, Pablo Sabaj, Eduardo Baeza, Christian Toledo and Claudio Orellana.



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