Practice Relating to Rule 99. Deprivation of Liberty
Section D. Prompt appearance before a judge or judicial officer
In its judgment in the Contreras Sepúlveda case in 2004, Chile’s Supreme Court stated:
If the authorities detain a person, they must notify the competent judge and place the detainee at the judge’s discretion. This underlines the fact that there is no legal basis whatsoever for detaining persons and taking them to secret detention centres.
In 2006, in its fifth periodic report to the Human Rights Committee, Chile stated: “Accused persons who have been deprived of their liberty also have the following rights: … to be brought promptly before the court that ordered the arrest or detention”.
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