Chiapas: communiqué by Las Abejas regarding release of 6 individuals indicated as perpetrators of Acteal massacre

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In observation of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre, the Las Abejas Civil Society in a press-conference denounced the release of 6 more persons who have signaled as being perpetrators of the 22 December 1997 Acteal massacre.  “Those who have served the Mexican State to massacre the people who struggle for life are released incrementally; they are given awards and considered heroes or patriots.  An example of this is the paramilitaries who have been released from prison for the Acteal massacre.  21 days ago, on 1 February, the so-called Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation ordered the immediate release of 2 confessed paramilitaries.”

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights mentions in a bulletin on the case that “The six persons who were released on 1 February due to recognition of innocence resorted to sentences that the SCJN approved without having questioning or even considering that the persons had been signaled as having been material authors of the massacre, the reason for which they had been sentenced to 36 years in prison [...].  With this action, of the 87 who were imprisoned for the crime, the SCJN has ordered the release of 50, leaving only 28 imprisoned, given that 6 others have been absolved since the beginning of the process by federal judges, with two of these for humanitarian reasons and one for failure of due process.”
For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las Abejas, 22 de febrero de 2012.

Boletin del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (22 February 2012)

Demanda Las Abejas juzgar a autores de la masacre de Acteal (La Jornada, 23 February 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Release of 7 other indigenous persons accused of participating in Acteal massacre (9 February)

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