Oaxaca: APPO councillor, Flavio Sosa, released

Press Conference held by Flavio Sosa in the teacher’s hotel [Source: Oaxaca en Pié de Lucha]

After a year and a half in prison, Flavio Sosa Villavicencio, a councillor of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), has been released.

The APPO councillor was arrested on December 4, 2006, by agents of the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) in Mexico City, the day before he was to participate in an APPO commission dialogue with the administration of Felipe Calderón. He was later held in the maximum security prison “Altiplano,” in Almoloya de Juárez in the state of Mexico. In August 2007 he was transfered from Altiplano to a regional detention facility in Cuicatlán.

In an interview with the Oaxacan newspaper Noticias, Sosa Villavicencio’s lawyer, López Jiménez, stated that his client was released because of “the strength of the Oaxacan people” and the disappearance of evidence brought before local judges with regard to the criminal trials 70/2006, 71/2006 and 136/2006 for the crimes of robbery and damages to the Roads and Runways of Oaxaca (CAO); for kidnapping, robbery and assault against agents of the State Ministerial Police and for the crime of looting the Oaxaca Radio and Television Corporation (Cortv).

For more information:

“Leader in Oaxaca protests freed” (Associated Press, 20/04/2008)

For more information in Spanish:

Sale libre Flavio Sosa (Noticias, 20/04/2008)

Conferencia de Flavio Sosa en el hotel del magisterio (Oaxaca en Pié de Lucha, 20/04/2008)

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