Wednesday 21 December 2011

Chile: Controversial choice for Supreme Court president

The members of the Chilean Supreme Court have selected Rubén Ballesteros to take over presidency of the court for the next two-year term, beginning on 6 January 2012. The choice has been condemned by human rights groups, who accuse Ballesteros of having supported military impunity for Pinochet-era crimes. He is said, among other things, to have backed the amnesty for human rights abusers on multiple occasions. His election was condemned by Mireya García of the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees (AFDD).

Chile's Supreme Court elects new president
(Santiago Times)
Rubén Ballesteros, una carrera marcada por fallos polémicos (La Tercera)

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