Mexico: Family and defense of Digna Ochoa take a stance against PGJDF resolution

In a press conference on December 8, the family of Digna Ochoa y Plácido, their legal representative and the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF) claimed that the investigation into the death of the activist Digna Ochoa “is not an issue yet completed “and warned that they won’t give up in their determination that the authorities clarify the crime and acknowledge that the conclusion endorsed by the Attorney General of the Federal District Office (PGJDF) regarding a ” simulated suicide” was an “irregular and poor” finding.

On November 26, the Attorney General of Federal District Court reiterated the determination not to go on with criminal proceedings in the case of the human rights defender Digna Ochoa’s death, which occurred on October 19, 2001, as, according to him, the death of the lawyer was not caused by others, but it was she who took her life through suicide.

In a statement, the prosecutor noted that to reach this decision almost 38 000 folios and 83 annexes as well as studies by international experts appointed by the Human Rights Commission and other external and independent experts were thoroughly reviewed. Thus, the dependency completed the revision of the case that resulted from an appeal won by the activist’s family in 2005, when they denounced irregularities in the investigation of the prosecutor, considering that they had proof showing that Digna Ochoa was actually murdered.

On December 8, the family of Digna Ochoa and their defence took a stance against the resolution stating that the PGJDF based its findings “with contradictory expert opinions and using defamatory remarks against the lawyer.” They reported: “In this determination, the PGJDF dedicated more than 1800 pages to analyze the sexual, family, working, personal and academic life of the lawyer, not as lines of inquiry, but as elements and evidence of the ” environment ” in which the human rights defender lived to create a basis to support the theory of suicide. “

On December 14, they will file an appeal for revision against the Attorney General of the Federal District Office. They also announced that they will ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights an admissibility hearing on this case in March. Finally they declared that “they are analyzing a claim for liability against the Government of the Federal District because the entire burden of providing proofs and expenses for “litigation” incurred in the case against the prosecution are the result of irregular and poor activity from the Attorney General of the Federal District Office. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Las complicidades alejan la justicia: familiares de Ochoa (La Jornada, 13 de diciembre de 2010)

Estudios desacreditan el supuesto perfil suicida (La Jornada, 13 de diciembre de 2010)

Le debemos respeto (La Jornada, 13 de diciembre de 2010)

Avalan las inconsistencias (La Jornada, 13 de diciembre de 2010)

Familiares de Digna Ochoa presentarán el caso a la CIDH (La Jornada, 9 de diciembre de 2010)

Sospechosas, respuestas del presunto homicida intelectual (La Jornada, 9 de diciembre de 2010)

Fija su posición la familia de Digna Ochoa y su defensa con respecto a la resolución de la PGJDF (Boletín de prensa de la familia Ochoa y Plácido, 8 de diciembre de 2010)

Ilegal, dar carpetazo al caso de Digna Ochoa, califica la ANAD (La Jornada, 30 de noviembre de 2010)

Justicia federal tendrá última palabra en caso Digna Ochoa (La Jornada, 28 de noviembre de 2010)

Digna Ochoa se suicidó, ratifica la procuraduría (La Jornada, 27 de noviembre de 2010)

PGJDF ratifica suicidio de Digna Ochoa (El universal, 27 de noviembre de 2010)

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