Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case, and the release of another prisoner held for the Acteal masacre

The Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has postponed the discussion to resolve whether it will assume competence to review the incarceration and 60-year sentence against Alberto Patishtán Gómez, while he was transferred on 25 September to a hospital in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, as an official reaction to the recent denunciation that due to lack of medical care the Tzotzil professor has nearly lost his sight.

Member of the Voz del Amate held in prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Patishtán carried out days of fasting and prayer over the course of three days so that the SCJN justices would “exercise their functions in accordance with justice.”  From prison, the Tzotzil professor and his comrades from the Voz del Amate decided “to ask God that the justices take on my case toward the end of recognizing my innocence and recovering my freedom soon.”

Significantly, on 26 September the SCJN unanimously ordered the immediate release of Manuel Santiz Pérez, who was accused of participating in the massacre that occurred in Acteal in 1997, killing 45 indigenous persons.  The ministers accepted Santiz Pérez’s motion for “recognition of innocence” as based in previous resolutions handed down by the maximum tribunal that led to the release of 70 indigenous persons accused by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) of having committed the murders of the Acteal massacre.  The justices argued that their decision was based in the fact that the legal process was vioalted, that the PGR fabricated evidence, and that the Federal Public Ministry did not demonstrate the culpability of the suspects, who had been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pospone la SCJN discutir si toma caso de Patishtán (La Jornada, 27 de septiembre de 2012)

Preocupacion ante traslado a Tuxtla de Alberto (Blog Alberto Patishtán, septiembre de 2012)

Ordenan liberar a otro acusado de la matanza en Acteal (La Jornada, 27 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN (19 September 2012)

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