Carlos Larraín

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Carlos Larraín
Carlos Larraín (2).jpg
Senator of Chile
For Los Rios Region
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 17, 2011
Leader of National Renewal
Incumbent
Assumed office
2006
Personal details
Born (1942-11-18) November 18, 1942 (age 72)
Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party Rn.svg National Renewal (2003-)
Partido Nacional Chile.svg National Party (1970-73)
Spouse(s) Victoria Hurtado
Children 12
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University
Catholic University of Louvain
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholicism (Opus Dei)

Carlos Larraín is the President of National Renewal (Renovación Nacional).[1]

Biography[edit]

Carlos Larraín Peña received an LL.B. from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1967, and an M.A. from the Université catholique de Louvain in 1968.[2]

In 1994, he started Larrain y Asociados Ltda., a law firm.[2] In 1996, he was elected as a councilor in Las Condes, and re-elected in 2000, 2004, and 2008.[1] He now serves as the President of National Renewal.[1]

He is a member of the Larraín family.

He is married to Victoria Hurtado and has twelve children. He declares to be a devout Roman Catholic and member of the Opus Dei, although the testimony of his political career and the legislation he supported show anything but "love thy neighbor". He was especially criticized as being cynical and inhumane during the proceedings of the case against his son Martín (see below), where he denied justice, and shamelessly pulled his influence to absolve his guilty son. [3]

His son, Martín Larrian, ran over a man in his jeep, in September 2013 on a highway while driving severely under the influence of alcohol. After hitting Hernan Canales, he escaped the scene, refusing to stop and help the wounded victim, whom eventually died from the hit. He didn't take the blood alcohol test until 24 hours later. During the process all the evidence pointed to an obvious homicide under the influence, but Carlos and his lawyers managed to bribe the widow with a miserly amount of cash and request her to withdraw the charges. Despite the Larrain's family efforts to distort justice, the case was reopened in 2014. Again, Martin was absolved after a shady oral process that spiked the indignation and anger among chileans, especially on social networks. There are pages such as www.felicitaamartin.cl, where people can go online and send Martin a Christmas and New Years wish, and where people have gone to vent their frustration. Carlos and Martin are a national shame, and symbols of the unfair privileges people with money and clout have in Chile.

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