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This Tuesday, the opening arguments of the new trial against the prisoners of the social outbreak Matías Rojas, Benjamín Espinoza and Jesús Zenteno, in the so-called “Principado Hotel case” were held in the Third Oral Criminal Court (TOP) of Santiago. ”.

It should be remembered that on November 12, 2021, the Supreme Court accepted an appeal for annulment against the sentence of the Third TOP of Santiago that had convicted the three defendants, ordering a new trial.

In May of that same year, the court had sentenced Benjamín Espinoza and Jesús Zenteno to 6 years in prison for the crime of making and throwing Molotov cocktails, and Matías Rojas to 5 years and 1 day in jail for making an explosive device.

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The start of the new trial caused surprise and discomfort among the lawyers and relatives of the accused, after they warned that at the hearing this Tuesday Two lawyers from the Ministry of the Interior appeared as plaintiffs, in addition to two others from the State Defense Council..

Something that those affected did not expect after the announcement during the first days of the government of President Gabriel Boric of the withdrawal of the State Security Law lawsuits filed by the administration of Sebastián Piñera, in addition to his public support for the project of pardon or amnesty in favor of those deprived of liberty during the revolt.

Jesus Zenteno, Matías Rojas and Benjamin Espinoza

that’s how it made him feel Elsa Marambio, mother of prisoner Matías Rojas, who wondered through his Facebook account “why, if Boric is supposed to have brought the State lawsuits against the young people of the social outbreak, in the trial of my son is the State Defense Council and the Ministry of the Interior still? And not only that, but they each come with two more lawyers.”

“We all know that if the State is pressuring, the judges will not give a fair trial. Until when do they want to continue shitting young students. Worry about the real criminals,” added Elsa.

Meanwhile, cited by Radio Juan Gómez Miles of the University of Chile, Jovita Guiñez, mother of Jesus Zenteno, declared that “we find it terrible, supposedly this government was going to withdraw the complaints, it was going to approve the Pardon Law, it even campaigned through the children and that now they come to ignore it, it is outrageous. We are very angry.”

For his part, the defender of Matías Rojas and lawyer of the Popular Defender, Lorenzo Morales, pointed out that “we will be waiting for what happens tomorrow (Wednesday). If (the Government) requests the effective penalties, we would be facing a surprising scenario, but for the organization that I represent it is an expected scenario.”


Also in the “Universidad de Concepción case”

A malaise that was repeated in another case of political prisoners of the social outbreak, that of the University of Concepción, where 12 students of that university are sued by the rector of the campus accused of having caused damage to the infrastructure of the campus during mobilizations. inside the campus between February and March 2020.

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Recently, in the context of a demonstration in favor of young people, Elena Orellana, spokesperson for the so-called “UDEC case”called on the government of President Gabriel Boric to support this cause, arguing that the president “committed to us to also withdraw the complaint, to speak with the rector.”

However, this did not happen according to what was reported by the attorney Esteban Arevalo through a video uploaded to their social networks after the hearing held this Monday. “I bring you some very bad news: Today we have confirmed that the government of Gabriel Boric has decided to renege on its commitment and continue as a plaintiff in the case of the political prisoners of the University of Concepción.”

In that sense, the defender in this case warned that whoever is representing the Executive in this case “is the same lawyer who processed it before the Piñera government.”

“The Presidential Delegation of Bío Bío and the Government continue Piñera’s path of persecuting the prisoners of the social revolt,” Arévalo concluded.