Undersecretary Galli criticizes release on bail of defendant for fire at Carabineros church

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The only person accused of the fire that consumed the San Francisco de Borja church, the institutional temple of the Carabineros, is a fugitive after having been in preventive prison between January 2020 and August 2021.

This after the Seventh Guarantee Court of Santiago gave him the bail of $ 1.5 million and the accused, identified as Gerardo Leal, paid the amount and the precautionary measure was reduced to total house arrest and national roots.

Despite this, the Santiago Appeals Court accepted the request of the North Central Prosecutor’s Office, and revoked the changes in the precautionary measures without the accused of the fire at the Carabineros church being present, for which he was considered a fugitive .

It was on January 3, 2020, when the religious compound, located blocks from Baquedano Square, was attacked in parallel to the demonstrations due to the social outbreak. Specifically, he is accused of throwing an accelerant liquid in the church. In addition, minutes later, he was recorded throwing incendiary devices at police personnel in the Alameda.

The undersecretary of the Interior, Juan Francisco Galli, criticized the judges for releasing on bail to a man formalized for serious crimes.


The Centro Norte prosecutor, José Morales, asked for 14 years in prison against him: 8 for the church fire and 6 for throwing Molotov cocktails.

The oral trial preparation hearing is set for the October 25.

This article describes an ongoing legal process

There is a possibility that the charges will be dismissed at the end of the investigation, therefore The accused (s) should NOT be considered guilty until Justice dictates sentence against him.
(Article 04 of the Code of Criminal Procedure)

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