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Court to decide on Mapuche leader’s extradition to Chile

Facundo Jones Huala is wanted in Chile on a number of charges including the destruction of private property and the illegal possession of firearms.

Wednesday 28 February, 2018
Facundo Jones Huala, leader of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance (RAM) group.
Facundo Jones Huala, leader of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance (RAM) group. Foto:Cedoc-Perfil

A federal court in Bariloche has chosen the city’s public gymnasium to host an extradition trial against Facundo Jones Huala, the controversial leader of the Ancestral Mapuche Resistance (RAM) group.

The trial began Wednesday and is expected to attract hundreds of Jones Huala’s supporters.

The defendant arrived in helicopter to the southern city's local gymnasium amid heavy police presence. His lawyers said the man “had little hope” of a verdict in his favour.

“We have few ways of providing evidence now since the judge denied us 50 options including testimonies, videos and so on”, lawyer Sonia Ivanoff told reporters.

It is the second time an Argentine court has considered an extradition request against Jones Huala from Chile, where he is wanted on a number of charges including the destruction of private property and the illegal possession of firearms. 

If found guilty, he could spend up to 10 years in a Chilean jail.

-TIMES




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