Yes, even if you don’t believe it, a man disguised as Darth Vader He was in court in Valparaíso to discuss his exaggerated sentence for mutilating his son Luke Skywalker in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Of course, since Star Wars is a movie and we’re referring to the real world, not the real vader which was presented in court. It wasn’t even a real trial..
The Valparaíso Court of Appeal arranged an educational judgement starring the villain of the most famous film saga of all time.
In this way, Vader managed to obtain a lowering of his sentence from the Chilean justice on Sunday for which he had been sentenced to “perpetual freezing”.
A fun educational judgment
This was decided by the Court of Appeal of Valparaíso, 120 km west of Santiago, in a suggestive educational exercise to bring citizens closer to the work of the courts in the context of heritage day which was held this weekend.
In the “trial” against Darth Vader for cutting off his son Luke’s hand, it was established that “what is condemned is mutilation (…) and not what Mr. Vader has done before.”
For this reason and “taking into account the penalties established in the spatial penal code (…), is about to be sentenced to the proper penalty, which is to remain frozen for 30 years in carbonite, to be forbidden to approach the victim, Luke, for 30 years, at least three planets away“, the court ruled.
Additionally, Vader – clad in black and with his signature helmet and cape – was completely and perpetually disabled by the “dark use of force” and lightsaber.
What did the “defense” say?
Darth Vader’s defense attorney, Juan Carlos Manriquezin his argument on behalf of his client, he said that “I ask only for nothing more and nothing less than justice“.
“He is a human being with rights, even if only in part. (…) He is almost a machine, but he is also a man. He is a father,” remembering that the abuser is the parent of the victim.
“What we wanted to do today is to bring justice, which is so little known, closer to the public. So that they can see what is done in a Court of Appeal, because people know a lot about trials and tribunals, but not the function they takes place here, ”explained the president of the Court of Appeal, María del Rosario Lavín.
“In my judicial career I have had terribly bad criminals, so the presence of someone like Darth Vader is nothing new,” said the magistrate.
During Heritage Day, institutions, museums and organizations from all over the country, including the La Moneda presidential palace, opened their doors for free to share their heritage with the community.
As expected, on Twitter, for example, there were many users who referred to this episode. And, of course, most took it with humor. Sure: there was no shortage of criticism.
“The same as Darth Vader in Chile we would like him as a senator,” wrote one person. “The constant reminder that living in Chile is being in a chapter of South Park,” joked another with some resignation.
“In Chile they did an exercise to show citizens how institutions work and thus get closer to them: they tried Darth Vader and released him,” tweeted a third.
“Darth Vader’s joke in court seems to me to be in very bad taste, given that justice in Chile always lets the powerful go free,” wrote one user.
Main source: AFP
Mary Ortiz is a seasoned journalist with a passion for world events. As a writer for News Rebeat, she brings a fresh perspective to the latest global happenings and provides in-depth coverage that offers a deeper understanding of the world around us.