On Wednesday, May 22, the national prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, L It bequeathed to the Commission of Constitution, legislation and justice of the Senate to expose on the bill amending the Penal Procedural Code, in order to allow the use of special techniques of investigation in the persecution of conducts that the law He qualifies as terrorists. There were no cameras or statements, in other words, the Marauder tried – they commented from the Congress among those who were aware of their visit – that at all times tried to pass as inadvertently as possible.
Moreover, those who were present described their participation as a character that comes «downward», with an «unpresentable argumentative level.» Not only that, Abbott left before the commission the uncomfortable feeling that «is not doing the paste» and that the shrapnel of the disaster that lives the Public Ministry in Rancagua with the public struggle between prosecutors Sergio Moya and Emiliano Arias, wounded him more deeply from What is known, given his responsibility in the weak conduct of the prosecution. The truth is that the national prosecutor is not living his happiest days. Without political support for their management and with countless questions from within the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Abbott is without a structure to find support to sustain himself. In the midst of the storm that lived weeks ago, when the conflict erupted in Rancagua, he attempted to find support in the first national prosecutor, Guillermo Piedrabuena, but found no echo, no support or response, as the former authorship would have a bad evaluation of his Management, as explained in the prosecutor’s office.
If at some point he had squires in the different spheres of the three powers of the state, the mismanagement of the internal guerrillas between Arias and Moya, which made waver to the institutionality of the Public Ministry, placed Abbott in an uncomfortable Position: No one wants to be near him. In the first week of May, the Cadem survey showed that the Public prosecutor’s Office has a level of rejection of its management of 58%.
His political loneliness has gone unnoticed thanks to the change in the direction of the wind of the media agenda, which was transformed into a lifeline for the successor of Sabas Chahuán. Among the Roosters between the government and the opposition for key reforms such as pensions and the tail of the trip to China of the children of President Sebastián Piñera, were out of folder for now the insinuations that were evident at the time about Consider the search for an eventual early departure from the national prosecutor.
For now the «climate has cooled», they assured parliamentarians of the different seats. Moreover, if there is no other crisis like that of Rancagua, they give the «Abbott case» closed.
Abbott was on the tightrope. In the midst of the storm, there were even formulas on the table regarding a possible early departure and, on more than one occasion, the technical formalities were asked. The most made sense in the Congress was the one that tried last year the Broad Front, with a request for removal before the Supreme Court, which did not prosper.
A request for removal requires a minimum of 10 deputies and those who did the analysis a few weeks ago, said that at least, at that time, the weather seemed to think that there was water in the pool. The good thing about that exit – they added – was that, unlike a possible constitutional accusation, it is skipped to the Senate and the causals are more likely to invoke, for example, disability, negligence, probity or performance.
And while the temperature went down, the critical views on Abbott’s leadership remain transversal, from the broad front to the UDI, it is more, they are maintained until today and they put a red note to their management. That, regardless of whether in the officialism some of his figures tried to put cold cloths in the debate and point the focus that the guilt is not one person, but rather responds to a «rot» of the entire apparatus of the Public Ministry , so deheading the institution would not bring any benefit beyond the communication signal. From the opposition, among the few who defended him timidly, they added that an early departure would be something «undignified.»
It should be remembered that in the midst of the case that has dangled from a thread to three judges of Rancagua, Marcelo Vásquez, Emilio Elgueta and Marcelo Albornoz, after the proposal of the Minister of the Supreme Court Rosa Maria Maggi, a meeting was denounced between the senator and «Cacique» of the Sext To region, the PS Juan Pablo Letelier, precisely with the national prosecutor.
In those days there were accusations of possible influence peddling, which Abbott himself tried to dismiss when he claimed they were «light comments that misinform and feed ignorance.» That episode was the most questioned in Congress, as it was considered that the fact crossed a line difficult to erase: that of ethics.
The criticism of Abbott was not only among parliamentarians. On Sunday, April 28th, in the program ‘ National State ‘, the prosecutor Pablo Norambuena did not save anything and said that «the national prosecutor has not appeared to give an explanation to society, to the community of what is happening (…), has missed a leadership issue on the part of Jorge Abbott to be able to give conduction, to give peace to the society that this is going to investigate in depth and that is going to know effectively what happened «.
Since the beginning of the case in Rancagua, the waters of the Public Ministry have been revolted and that led to several of the prosecutors taking a side and identify in favor of Moya or Arias, while, in parallel, in not a few halls was heard that there were no longer the «pro Abbott. »
The countless actions that were adopted, such as the change of prosecution to investigate cases of abuse in the Catholic Church or the suspension of Moya and Arias, among others, further heated the mood, to the point that several Marauder have made clear their annoyance for the Degree of uncertainty that rounds their offices.
Not for nothing, Jorge Abbott’s last great instruction was to establish the least possible media exposure of all the country’s prosecutors, especially the regional ones, in an attempt to try to wash the dirty laundry at home and not to continue airing the problems of the Prosecution.