On April 6, David Venegas “El Alebrije”, member of Oaxaca Voices Building Autonomy and Liberty (VOCAL), member of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), and adherent to the Other Campaign, will be sentenced for the crime of “possession with intent to sell of cocaine and heroine”, one of the crimes for which he was jailed on April 13, 2007. The other crime for which he was sentenced and eventually exonerated was the burning of buildings during the protests held by the APPO on November 15, 2006. According to VOCAL the sentence that will be given, involves “purposeful delays by the government, serious omissions, lies, errors, and a series of contradictions between the police that arrested David, which should all be enough to guarantee his complete exoneration”.
The urgent action released by VOCAL calls for a protest on April 6 in front of the Federal judge in Mexico City so that “David will be completely freed”.
For More Information (In Spanish):
Dictaran sentencia judicial a David Venegas Reyes “alebrije”, Acción Urgente, VOCAL
More Information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: Adán Mejía López cleared of charges and released after a year in prison, (SIPAZ Blog, 23/7/2008)
Oaxaca: David Venegas Reyes, “El Alebrije”, released from prison (SIPAZ Blog, 6/3/2008)
Oaxaca: David Venegas still jailed, SIPAZ conducts interview (SIPAZ Blog, 31/1/2008)