David Venegas Reyes after his release on February 3 [Source: Noticias, 06/03/2008]
After almost eleven months in prison, the cousellor of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO, Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca) and member of Oaxacan Voices Creating Freedom and Autonomy (VOCAL, Voces Oaxaqueñas Construyendo Autonomía y Libertad), David Venegas Reyes, “El Alebrije”, left the Santa María Ixcotel Central Penitentiary yesterday afternoon a free man. His release was confirmed after an appeal made to the Third Collegiate Court of the 13th Circuit against his pre-trial detention order (“auto de formal prisión”) as determined by the First Instance Mixed Court of Tlacolula de Matomoros.
David Venegas was detained by Auxiliary Bank, Industrial and Commercial Police (PABIC, Policía Auxiliar, Bancaria, Industrial y Comercial) agents on April 13, 2007. He was later tried for crimes against health (“delitos contra la salud”) at the federal level. Other charges included sedition, conspiracy and arson pertaining to the confrontation between supporters of the popular movement and the federal police (PFP, Policía Federal Preventiva) on November 25, 2006.
According to the Venegas’ sister, Natalia Venegas Reyes, on February 28, 2007, after the First Instance Mixed Court of Tlacolula de Matomoros reclassified the crimes, the Third Collegiate Court of the 13th Circuit ratified an appeal granted by the First Court of the State District against the charges of attacks on transit routes, rebellion, crimes committed against civil servants, dangerous attacks and resisting arrest.
In order to secure his release, while he is being further tried for drug possession, Venegas’ family has paid a bail of 4000 pesos.