Oaxaca: Loxicha prisoner is released after 15 years’ imprisonment

Press-conference @ Noticiasnet.mx

Mario Ambrosio Martínez, an indigenous Zapotec man from San Agustín Loxicha who was processed and condemned for presumably having been associated with the Popular Revolutionay Army (EPR), received a reversal of sentencing by the Federal Judiciary on 18 June and was released from the Central Penitentiary of Santa María Ixcotel, following nearly 15 years in prison.

In a press-conference, Israel Ochoa Lara (Ambrosio Martínez’s counsel), accompanied by Juan Sosa Maldonado (director of the Organization of Zapotec Indigenous Peoples [OPIZ]), said that the ex-prisoner was arrested on 15 October 1996 and thereafter condemned on 28 August to 26 years imprisonment on the charges of homicide, conspiracy, terrorism, kidnapping, robbery, and assault during his purported time with the armed group.

The Second Unitary Tribunal modified its sentence last Friday and found the Zapotec indigenous man responsible only for the crime of conspiracy, thus giving him a sentence of one year imprisonment and a day’s suspension.  Ochoa Lara said that Ambrosio Martínez left the Central Penitentiary last Saturday morning, having already completed the time demanded by the revised sentence.

Now, 15 years after his arrest, Ambrosio Martínez announces that he is considering presenting a case against the Federal Judiciary.  His attorney has indicated that his client had received an excessive sentence for fabricated crimes he did not commit.  Ambrosio Martínez accused the Mexican State of having “destroyed [his] life” through a “faulty direction of justice.”

Martínez was one of the 300 arrested following the incursion of federal forces into San Agustín Loxicha after a presumed attack by an EPR cell.  Of these 300, 156 were arrested for federal crimes, and 7 of these persons are presently being held prisoner on sentences of between 23 and 31 years.  The recently released Martínez stressed that he will join social struggles for the release of those who contineue to be imprisoned.  “We will strive toward attaining the release of my comrades, so that they all leave soon like I have.  They are innocent,” he stated.

For more information (in Spanish):

Absuelven a indígena acusado de pertenecer al EPR; estuvo preso 15 años, Proceso, 20 June 2011

Después de 15 años, sale libre acusado de eperrista, Noticiasnet.mx, 23 June 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Liberation of 4 Loxicha prisoners (31 July 2009)

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