Trial set against former mayor Pedro Sabat for repeated crimes of incompatible negotiation

 Trial set against former mayor Pedro Sabat for repeated crimes of incompatible negotiation

The former mayor of Ñuñoa, Pedro Sabat, will face trial on February 10 for repeated crimes of incompatible negotiation . The Public Ministry will request a sentence of 4 years in prison.

The Third Oral Criminal Court of Santiago set for next February 10 the trial against the former mayor of Ñuñoa, Pedro Sabat, accused of repeated crimes of incompatible negotiation.

The investigation led by the chief prosecutor of Las Condes, Felipe Sepúlveda, maintains that between November 2013 and September 2015, when Sabat was mayor of Ñuñoa, he signed contracts on behalf of the Municipality, with a third party who was a partner of his son.

The investigation points to a man identified as Alain Goffard Rodríguez, who would have obtained additional economic credits, amounting to 15 million 700 thousand pesos.

According to the accusation, Sabat acted in operations in which he had to intervene due to his position. In this context, he gave interest to a third party who maintains corporate ties with his son of the same name.

All of the above, by signing mayoral decrees and contracts.

In the middle of the trial against Sabat, his defense attorney, Carolina Alliende, accused that a series of emails -which were proof of the Public Ministry-, are violating their constitutional guarantees.

However, the Court of Appeals of Santiago authorized the exhibition.

“The resolution, what it does, is to incorporate evidence that had been excluded with a violation of fundamental guarantees by the court of first instance. The information that will be exposed in the trial will not alter the presumption of innocence”, said the defense attorney.

The former community chief will face trial in February, in which instance prosecutor Sepúlveda will request that Sabat be sentenced to 4 years in prison.

This article describes an ongoing judicial process. There is a possibility that the charges are dismissed at the end of the investigation, for which reason the defendant(s) should NOT be considered guilty until the Justice issues a sentence against them.
(Article 04 of the Code of Criminal Procedure)

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