Chile: Luciano “Tortuga” Pitronello sentenced to 6 years probation, no further imprisonment

From the Santiago Times… via Anarchist News:

Attempted bomber acquitted of terrorist charges and spared jail.

Luciano Pitronello, a 23-year-old anarchist on trial for a bombing attempt last year, was sentenced to six years of probation by the Fourth Oral Criminal Tribunal in Santiago on Wednesday. Pitronello will serve the sentence under house arrest.

The case has been a source of particular controversy in Chile, especially after the court decided last week that Pitronello’s actions could not be constituted as terrorism.

Pitronello’s lawyer, Carlos Mora, spoke of his client’s satisfaction after the sentencing.

“He is very satisfied by the verdict because the only thing he was asking for was to not be labelled as a terrorist, because he isn’t one,” Mora told the press. “He knew he was to be convicted, and he risked effective punishments.”

District Attorney Raúl Gúzman said he would ask for an appeal, due to the fact that the crime of terrorism was not considered in the case. The district attorney’s office has 10 days to appeal to either the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals, while Pitronello’s defense team prepares the arguments to defend the ruling that the attempted bombing was not an act of terrorism.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said it was “very probable” that the Ministry would also appeal the decision.

“When a person decides to execute a crime involving the making, placing and denotation of a bomb, this person is thinking further than just the physical damage it could cause to a building,” Hinzpeter said. “This person is thinking of causing alarm and introducing fear to the people, and this same bomb could have affected people circulating in that area.”

After terrorist charges were dropped last week, Pitronello’s sister took to her Twitter account to express her disappointment at the charges being dropped.

“I lament the rejection of classifying my brother’s actions as terrorist, he is a danger to society,” she wrote.

Pitronello’s homemade device exploded in his hands during his bombing attempt last June at a Santander bank in downtown Santiago, taking his right hand and three of his fingers on his left. He had previously been vocal in online forums in his criticism of global economic inequalities and multinational corporations.

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