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Foreign Minister Ampuero appreciates the gratitude of families of Chileans detained in Malaysia and confirms delivery of note

Friday, May 4, 2018

Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero reaffirmed the Foreign Ministry's commitment to providing all consular attention and assistance to Chileans detained in Malaysia and their families.

The Chancellor also expressed his appreciation for the comments of both families, who expressed "their gratitude for the efforts made by the Chancellery and the authorities" in this situation.

The Secretary of State stated that the two young Chileans are being given appropriate consular assistance and have been visited through the Chilean Consulate in Kuala Lumpur. "They are being supported, visited, concerned about the situation, contacted, given information, and given items that the family sends to them. The attention of our Consulate is there and will continue to be there," he said.

He added that "there have been more than 25 visits by the consulate to these two Chilean citizens. And they have their own lawyers."

In this context, he indicated that he has spoken with the Ambassador of Chile in Malaysia, Rodrigo Pérez, to have a complete picture of what is happening and pointed out that the Director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carolina Valdivia, and the Director General of Consular Affairs of the Ministry, Raúl Sanhueza, have the clear and precise instruction to keep him permanently informed about the situation of the two compatriots. "This Chancellery and this Chancellor are following this issue very directly", he concluded.

The Minister indicated that the Director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the Ambassador of Malaysia in Chile with a diplomatic note expressing concern about the situation faced by Felipe Osiadacz and Fernando Candia.

Finally, the Minister stressed that the families of both Chilean detainees "have asked not to publicly address the case and have asked to be cautious with the information disclosed. We share this statement and follow that request."