Chilean justice minister resigns amid critique of pardons
(Reuters) - Chilean justice minister Marcela Rios has resigned her post, the country's President Gabriel Boric said on Saturday, amid accusations of wrongdoing over pardons given to people connected to violent 2019 protests. Read full story
Crisis in the government of Gabriel Boric: the Chilean president announced the departure of his Chief of Staff and the Minister of Justice
These are key figures in its administration. Matías Meza-Lopehandía was also his main advisor and Marcela Ríos had been targeted by controversial presidential pardons.
New crisis in Chile: President Boric announces the resignation of the Minister of Justice
Marcela Ríos gave up the Justice portfolio after the controversial granting of 13 pardons, one of them to Manuel Rodríguez, a former member of the armed group Patriotic Front convicted of the robbery of a bank in 2013.
Chile: The Minister of Justice and the Chief of Staff of Gabriel Boric resigned after the controversial 13 pardons
These are Marcela Ríos and Matíaz Meza-Lopehandía. Both had played an important role in the decision to exempt detainees from punishment in the 2019 protests.