This week we are writing to Chilean anarchist prisoner Tamara Sol. Charged on January 21, 2014, with the shooting of a Banco Estado (State Bank) security guard in revenge for the death of the anarchist comrade Sebastian Overluij. She was stopped when entering a nearby station with the loaded revolver.
Sol is the niece of the Vergara brothers, killed by the dictatorship and granddaughter of Luisa and Manuel, who have held a memorial every March 29th, the day that their children were murdered.
On February 4, 2015, the court in Santiago issued its judgment against Tamara Sol. The court acknowledged the mitigating factor of her previous irreproachable conduct, but denied that Tamara Sol substantially collaborated in clarifying the facts, considering that neither her statement given to the prosecution at the stage of the investigation with which she admitted to the facts, nor her consent to the realization of several expert reports contributed anything, since the evidence was already available to the authorities from the moment of her arrest. In addition, the defense’s proposed mitigating circumstance of diminished capacity, based on expert testimonies by psychologists, was dismissed.
In fact, the presiding judge adopted the prosecution’s argument that spoke of a premeditated action, alleging that this has been demonstrated by the cry “revenge for Sebastián” attributed to Tamara Sol at the time of opening fire on the guard, and emphasizing the fact she chose not to make any declaration during the trial. Thus, while the defense sought recognition of two mitigating circumstances in order to request a sentence of 3 to 5 years and the application of the alternative sentence of release under intensive supervision instead of actual imprisonment, this objective was not reached.
In particular, Tamara Sol Farías Vergara was convicted of aggravated attempted homicide and sentenced to 7 years in prison, perpetual absolute disqualification from holding any public duty and office and from practicing political rights, and absolute disqualification from maintaining or obtaining any professional license for the duration of the prison sentence. She was also convicted of theft regarding the gun of the security guard and sentenced to 61 days in prison and a fine of almost 215,000 Chilean pesos (300 euros) and ordered to pay the court costs.
In January 2018, Tamara tried to escape from the prison of Valparaiso and was injured by the barbed wire as well as by the guards who beat her after the escape attempt. She has since been moved several times to various prisons and is currently in the most brutal prison of Llancahue in Valdivia.
Tamara Sol Farías Vergara
Complejo Penitenciario Valdivia
Av. Ramon Picarte 4100,
Valdivia Los Ríos
Wednesday, February 20th