Raúl Escobar Poblete arrives in Chile after being extradited from Mexico


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Completing his temporary extradition process from Mexico, Raúl Escobar Poblete -known as the “Commander Emilio”-, arrived in Chile on Thursday night to be tried as perpetrator of the murder -in 1991- of the senator and founder of the UDI, Jaime Guzman.

The former player arrived at around 9:20 p.m. on a flight from the Air Force (Fach) and escorted by the Investigative Police (PDI) to Iquique, half an hour later -after refueling- continue the trip to Santiago. According to sources consulted, the prison he will enter was still being evaluated, considering that the High Security Jail It is in the process of remodeling.

Escobar Poblete was detained in Mexico since 2017, where he was captured under the alias of Ramón Alberto Guerra Valencia for the kidnapping of the French-American citizen Nancy Michelle Kendall, whom he held captive for more than two months, from March 13 to May 30, 2017, the day of the detention. During the period in which the ex-striker kept the woman kidnapped, she suffered the amputation of one of her fingers. The seizure was allegedly carried out by “Commander Emilio.” For these facts He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

According to the case history, for 20 years Raúl Escobar -who was wanted by Interpol- lived in Mexico under that false name, leading a network of kidnappers who were dedicated to charging large sums of money in dollars for the releases. He and the criminal network are attributed several other kidnappings, which would be classified by local authorities as “High impact”.

The group’s modus operandi would have included keep victims locked in custom-built wooden boxes.

The extradition process had started in 2018, in coordination with the Mexican justice system.

As agreed, once the process in Chile is over, the former opponent must return to Mexico to serve the remaining sentence for kidnapping. This was stated this Wednesday by the Foreign Ministry, which through a statement – issued after the transfer was known – stated that “within the framework of the bilateral treaty on extraditionEscobar Poblete is traveling to our country on a Fach flight, to be tried for his crime. Once this process is concluded, he will continue to serve the sentence that was imposed on him in Mexico. “

Subsequently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrés Allamand, He maintained that “the Foreign Ministry and our embassy in Mexico carried out the diplomatic and legal steps to obtain the extradition of Raúl Escobar Poblete, the direct assassin of Senator Jaime Guzmán. What corresponds now is the generalized repudiation of this criminal action in democracy and that, certainly, the situation, from now on, remains in the hands of the Justice ”.

About the details, the undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, explained that “Commander Emilio” “It will be presented to a court that will take a statement and make decisions once notified of its prosecution. Obviously We cannot give the details, neither the place of arrival nor of detention. Once this occurs and it is made available to the Minister of the Court in charge of its prosecution, it will be publicly known ”.

“We are interested that the people who committed crimes such as the murder in democracy of a senator of the Republic, in cold blood, through shots fired by Escobar, be tried in Chile, their responsibility is determined, is condemned and the punishment that as a society, and the relatives of Jaime Guzmán, it is expected ”, added the undersecretary.

For his part, Government Spokesperson, Jaime Bellolio, He affirmed from La Moneda that the arrival of the ex-oppositionist “is to comply with a judicial order issued by the Supreme Court and thanks to the work that has been done in the extradition treaty by the Chilean and Mexican foreign ministries. But we are not talking about just any murderer, we are talking about a person who later became a torturer, kidnapper and mutilator of women. Crimes that he also committed with his friend, Ricardo Palma Salamanca, another torturer and murderer. We are talking about people who have made a career of crimes, murders, torture, mutilations, kidnappings in their lives ”.

Bellolio added that “this is one more step towards justice, this person has never sympathized in front of Justice and here there is a temporary delivery by Mexico ”. In addition, he called “all the political forces that, in the face of this fact, not only condemn what happened many years ago, but also to maintain that never, ever, political violence and murder can be part of the discussion in a democracy and the discussion of politics ”.

UDI values ​​extradition

While, from the UDI they issued a statement in which they stated: “We appreciate that the government of Mexico has granted the extradition of Escobar Poblete so that he can face Chilean justice. Mr. Escobar Poblete is a dangerous criminal, a terrorist who committed an attack against democracy in Chile by being the material author of the murder of Senator Jaime Guzmán and who in recent years even committed crimes of torture and kidnapping ”.

They added that “Both the UDI and the family of Senator Guzmán have waited more than 30 years so that this crime does not go unpunished and we consider this to be a very relevant milestone for justice to be finally done ”. In addition, they thank the Chilean ambassador to Mexico and the government for the work “so that Escobar Poblete can appear before the Chilean courts. This milestone is a clear demonstration that justice takes a long time to arrive, but it does arrive ”.

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