Social media erupted following the sayings of undersecretary of childhood Carol Bown about the recent murder of Amber Cornejo, the case that has as its sole detainee Hugo Bustamante, who had already been in jail for a double homicide committed in 2005 and who obtained parole in 2016. Faced with this situation, the government authority noted that “saying that we fail as a state is a generic that seems to excuse us all.” In his view, “there are judges who seem to defend the human rights of murderers more than the victims.”
Bown directly aimed to take legal action against Silvina Donoso, the judge who chaired the commission that decided to release Bustamante. “We need to see what is the best option to sanction a judge who, because of their ideologies, becomes a danger to society,” he said, provoking several reactions to it.
“What happened here is serious and there seems to be sufficient background to consider that there are culprits in this regard,” Brown added.
The undersecretary of children also referred to calls made on social media calling for the reinstater of the death penalty for the crime of the 16-year-old in Villa Alemana. “We understand that the issue of replenishing the death penalty as an option has been lifted,” he said to the initiative for which no other government figures have been uttered.
For Brown, putting himself in the shoes of a victim’s father, mother or loved one, like Amber or so many that we have known, “moves in such a way, especially when he realizes that a brutal murderer was not imprisoned forever, but came out with prison benefits.”
Despite being moved, Brown’s statements generated noise on social media and reactions soon arrived. One of them was that of the law professor of the U. of Chile and president of Public Space, Diego Pardow, who questioned Carol Brown’s knowledge of Magna Carta. “Will the undersecretary have read our Constitution? Any constitution? From somewhere in the world?” the academic noted, pointing to “some of those who have separation of powers,” he said via Twitter.
“Enough of opportunism”, was joined by the critics the deputy front-termist Diego Ibáñez, who emphasized that Carol Brown arrived from the Jaime Guzmán Foundation to the undersecretariat of Carabineros and now to the undersecretariat of the children. “He doesn’t understand what HRDs are, hiding responsibility for Sename and police,” the parliamentarian on the social network dis stigmatted.
“It cannot go on,” said lawyer and international law professor Paulina Astroza, who questioned that “if in Democracy an authority behind these statements is still in office, I don’t know what they mean by democracy in this government.” According to the jurist’s point, one thing is anger, indignation, sadness and frustration at what happened with Amber and another is “to say so much stupidity together and serious.”
PS mp Leo Soto also referred to Brown’s sayings. “Country that sanctions judges for their ideology or for their ideas equals dictatorship,” he said. “How much harm has this government done, inter alia, to the institutions of democracy? Undersecretary Brown must resign,” said Deputy Soto, also on Twitter.
In her defense, following criticism, Carol Brown said on the blue bird’s social network that she “deeply respects the separation of state powers,” which she does not preclude, she added, “to propose to improve legislation in order to better protect victims as children and adolescents.”
In the context of the case to which Carol Brown referred. National Renewal (RN) vice president Paulina Núñez said yesterday that her party already has the signatures to constitutionally indict the judge who released Hugo Bustamante in 2016.
On Friday, DEPUTY Arturo Longton – a parliamentarian for the area where the murder of the teenager occurred – had already advanced him and announced that he will push for action against the minister of the Court of Appeals of Valparaiso, Silvana Donoso, who four years ago chaired the parole commission that allowed Bustamante to walk free after 11 years of detention and when he was still 16 years away.
“What doubt is that Amber’s death is heartbreaking and unacceptable, that his murder ripped the hearts of millions of Chileans, who we must all do a mea culpa as a society,” Núñez told Radio Cooperativa, saying, about the constitutional accusation that Longton encourages, that “it is an attribution of MEMBERS and Members and we will exercise it, and I want to make it clear about discussion and conversations that we have had in recent hours”.
“While the probation law was amended during this legislative period and the paragraph that allowed the Amber killer to be released was repealed, the lack of judgment that a judge may have at the time of granting and not to jeopardize the danger it may pose to other persons, children or adolescents that a subject with this record is released , must also be sanctioned,” she said.
Núñez finally added that the constitutional indictment “adds forces within National Renewal… the signatures are, and I dare say that in a transversal way.”