The Court of Angol sentenced Marco Treuer to seven years in prison, as the author of the shotgun blast that caused the death of the young Mapuche in November 2002. For their part, Lemun's family stated that the expected.
The Court of Angol sentenced the retired colonel, Marco Treuer, to 7 years in prison, as the author of the shot that caused the death of the young Mapuche Álex Lemun in 2002 .
Almost 20 years after the unfortunate event, the sentence for the murder of the young Mapuche was known.
Specifically, the uniformed officer must serve the sentence effectively, for which the 3 years and 358 days he was deprived of liberty will be counted as credit. This, between preventive detention and house arrest.
In the development of this case, the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH) participated as a plaintiff. The director of the INDH, Consuelo Contreras, pointed out that her cooperation in this case was not & # 8220; only to satisfy the desire for justice of the victim and family & # 8221 ;, adding that this sentence “generates a clear and effective message that in the future these violations will not be condoned or tolerated”.
Let us remember that this sentence corresponds to the second trial , since in 2021 the Court of Appeals ordered a new judicial process to be carried out after accepting the annulment appeal issued by the headquarters of the INDH of La Araucanía against the first conviction.< /strong>
In this way, it was possible to annul the first sentence that the court had issued that year, which established a sentence of 3 years in prison for the former uniformed officer.
Accredited facts of the “Lemun Case& #8221;
According to the verdict of the new trial, disclosed last October 26; in 2002, Major Treuer led a group of Carabineros officials who were sent to the Santa Alicia estate, in the commune of Angol.
The foregoing, because in said place An occupation by a Mapuche community was recorded. Once on the site, the soldiers used tear gas and rubber ammunition to disperse the occupants. Subsequently, Treuer changed the load of his shotgun and resorted to lead ammunition.
The court noted that “having training in the use of the weapon and knowing how lethal this one”, Treuer fired, impacting Álex Lemun, then 17 years old, in the right front part of the head, who was at a distance of between 70 and 100 meters.
After this, the victim died on November 12 from the wound caused by this ammunition. The cause of death was “open head trauma caused by a firearm projectile”, the court estimated.
The case was suspended in 2004 by the Military Court
At that time, the case was first in the hands of the Military Justice. In 2004, the IV Military Court of Valdivia ordered the suspension of the case (dismissal) temporarily and partially, which was rectified by the Court-Martial that same year.
However, in 2017 the Supreme Court decided to reopen it, this time in ordinary justice. That same year, at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights(IACHR), a report had been approved establishing “Chile's responsibility for the violation of the rights to life, personal integrity, equality and non-discrimination, children's rights, rights to judicial guarantees and judicial protection of Álex Lemun, his family and the Requén Lemun community.”
Lemun family: “what we wanted was fulfilled”
For their part, the family of Álex Lemun said they were according to the sentence, ensuring that they are calmer. This, despite not being exactly what they expected after almost 20 years of waiting for the verdict.
“What we wanted was fulfilled. We are happy at the moment with the conviction for the death of my son Álex Lemun (…). We have waited long, and we have suffered as a family”, said Edmundo Lemun, father of the victim.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the final sentence handed down against Marco Treuer includes perpetual disqualification from holding public office or positions and political rights, in addition to disqualification from regular professions while the sentence lasts.