The defense of
Facundo Jones Huala
requested his house arrest before the courts in Chile, although the lonko has the habit of filing, as his personal address in his statements, the property in Cushamen occupied in 2015 by him and some followers, which belongs to the Benetton family .
On Monday, February 6, Juan Pablo Alday asked the Valdivia Court of Appeals that the lonko be allowed to spend the rest of his sentence in Argentina and be transferred to a private home.
Alday mentioned the address of one of Jones Huala's sisters who lives in the 169 Viviendas, building 6 in Bariloche.
But Jones Huala has presented this direction as an alternative possibility.
In the official records and
in the databases, his address is always the same: “Pu Lof in Resistencia Cushamen”, Chubut.
Facundo Jones Huala, arrested.
This is the 1,200-hectare property that he and a group of followers usurped in 2015 from the Compañía de Tierras del Sud, which belongs to the Benetton group.
The same one in which Santiago Maldonado drowned on August 1, 2017.
It is not surprising that Jones Huala offers as a personal address a territory that in practice he occupied illegally and violently 7 years ago.
As this newspaper has been able to find out, for the legal representatives of the company, the usurpation is still in process as well as the legal channels with which it is intended to resolve the conflict.
Another curious fact is that NOSIS, financial database, Jones Huala appears linked "labor" with the Federal Penitentiary Service.
The graphic that deals with his person in NOSIS reads: "Jones Francisco Facundo" and followed by an arrow connects him with the symbol of a building.
The name "Employer" appears on the arrow, which is none other than the "Technical and Financial Cooperation Entity of the Federal Penitentiary Service".
The Chilean defender argued that "the rights of the convicted person to have relations with his family" should be considered in order for him to be allowed to continue his sentence in Argentina.
"It is a fact that Facundo Jones Huala is Argentine, it is a fact that he is a traditional authority of a Mapuche community in the province of Chubut, and it is a fact that his family lives in Argentina," the defender stated.
The lawyer alluded to the fact that the social reports provided by the family speak of "important family ties".
At this point he requested that he be allowed to live in the 169 Houses of Bariloche.
Alday proposed that the lonko go every day to a judicial office to confirm their permanence in the territory.
The chances that Jones Huala will be allowed to continue his sentence on Argentine soil and in his sister's house seem low, considering that the Chilean and Argentine courts must compute his previous behavior.
Jones Huala was a fugitive until 2018 when he was arrested as part of a background investigation operation on Route 40.
After his transfer, the lonko served half of his sentence and was released, but the Chilean Superior Court of Justice ordered him to return to the Temuco prison.
Jones Huala did not return to pity and everything indicates he used passes in the Cordillera to return to the country.
When he was arrested on January 30, he had been on the run for just over a year.
Meanwhile, in the next few hours or days, the Valdivia Court of Appeals will determine whether Jones Huala was finally extradited.
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