Guerrero: appeal is granted to 5 members of the OPIM

Raúl Hernández Abundio, the only remaining prisoner of the OPIM

Raúl Hernández Abundio, the only remaining prisoner of the OPIM

On April 29, the Eighth District Judge in Acapulco granted an appeal of the arrest warrants against 5 members of the Organization of the Indigenous Me’phaa People (OPIM). The five men are Cuauhtémoc Ramírez Rodríguez (the ex-president of the OPIM), Braulio Manzanares Lorenzo, José Eugenio Cruz, Félix Ortega Dolores and Merced Santiago Lorenzo. The Judge, Livia Lizbeth Larumbe Radilla, acknowledged that there did not exist sufficient evidence to corroborate their involvement in the killing of Alejandro Feliciano, which took place on January 1 of 2008.

In total, 15 members of the OPIM were accused of killing Alejandro Feliciano, claimed to be an informant of the Army. Five of them were detained; however 4 were freed on an appeal on March 18 of this year. It is important to remember that one remains prisoners; Raúl Hernández Abundio who was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, and who remains in jail in Ayutla de los Libres since April 18 of 2008. There are also still arrest warrants against 5 other members of the OPIM. In a press release, the Human Rights Center of the Montaña Tlachinollan (CDHM Tlachinollan) stated that “The granting of the appeal shows that the government of Guerrero uses the institutions of justice to persecute human rights defenders who organize and question authoritarianism, militarization, and the lack of education, healthcare, and other rights which are systematically violated”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Comunicado sobre el amparo, CDHM Tlachinollan, 29/4

Juzgado otorga amparo a 5 indígenas acusados de homicidio, El Universal, 30/4.

Otorgan amparo a 5 integrantes de la OPIM, La Jornada, 30/4.

More Information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: 4 of the 5 jailed human rights defenders are freed, (SIPAZ Blog, 3/19/2009)

Guerrero: Memebers of the OPIM request another appeal, (SIPAZ Blog 2/5/2009)

Guerrero: Federal government overturns appeal granted to 4 of the 5 detained members of OPIM (SIPAZ Blog, 11/6/08)

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