The former minister of the National Women’s Service (2006-2009) and director of the Miles Chile Corporation, Laura Albornoz, discussed the appointment by President Gabriel Boric of the lawyer Ángel Valencia, just before the vote in the Senate that will define whether it will be He who directs the Public Ministry for the next eight years or there will be an unprecedented third rejection of the Government’s letter, after what happened with José Morales and Marta Herrera and after learning new information about the jurist.
Let us remember that, hours after the political whirlwind that has shaken La Moneda, among other points, due to the somersault that President Boric took at the last minute when proposing the lawyer Ángel Valencia for his ratification as National Prosecutor before the Senate, at already Known judicial representations that the candidate Valencia has made of defendants linked to issues of corruption, violation of Human Rights and sexual crimes against women, now add to the history of the harsh confrontation that he had in Family Courts with his ex-wife, who sued him for not payment of alimony for his three children, a situation for which, at the time, the Second Family Court ordered his detention and arrest.
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The professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile and a former member of the Christian Democratic Party (DC), stated that, as a result of the latest information revealed by The counter and that they involve the lawyer, “from the feminist organizations we think that Ángel Valencia cannot be a National Prosecutor.” Albornoz specified that “the information that has come to light gives an account of a person who transgresses everything we defend.”
“This is no longer just about the legal defenses that he has made as a lawyer for sexual abusers, but about a pattern of behavior of a person who for years did not pay alimony and only once faced an arrest warrant agreed to do it in installments,” Albornoz pointed out, along with arguing that “non-payment of alimony is a behavior that we condemn in all people who commit it because it seriously violates women, children, and girls.” .
In this sense, the lawyer and former minister of the first government of President Michelle Bachelet asked, “from feminism, to senators, to act with consequence when voting for the future National Prosecutor, especially those who supported the Law of Parental Responsibility and Effective Payment of the Alimony Debt (Senators Galilea and Walker) and those who with strong speeches asked that alimony debtors be disqualified from holding public office, as Senators De Urresti and Chauán did”.
The name of the lawyer, the letter chosen by President Gabriel Boric to direct the Public Ministry, will be defended by the Government in the Constitution Commission of the Senate this Monday, January 9 at 11:00 am, and then voted on in the Chamber at 4:00 pm.