Chiapas: New sentence of 25 years for Rosario Díaz Méndez

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On 28 January there was handed down a new sentence of 25 years for Rosario Díaz Méndez, a member of the Voz del Amate who is being held in prison nº5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, despite the fact that 37 collectives and international and national organizations together with several individuals have demanded that the principal judge of Simojovel and the state-government of Chiapas grant him “absolution.”

The reasons for which these groups have demanded the release of Rosario Díaz are enumerated in several points of a communique that refers to the lack of evidence for his sentencing.  Rosario Díaz Méndez has always maintained his innocence, given that during the time of the crime he was located in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, working in construction with two of his sons, who also corroborate his story.  Furthermore, there are 4 witnesses who were present at the acts that took place on 4 April 2005 (the ones for which Rosario has been accused) and who claim that there were 4 armed men who assaulted them.  These witnesses at no moment have revealed the identities of these 4 attackers, but none of them has said that they saw Rosario participate in the crime that day.  In this way, when in 2008 these witnesses came to see Rosario, none of them identified him as one of the attackers.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de Voz del Amate y Solidarios sobre proceso de Rosario Díaz Mendez (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 1 de febrero de 2013)

Solidaridad con Rosario Díaz Méndez (Blog Alberto Patishtán, enero de 2013)

Juzgado de Simojovel puede acabar injusticia de 7 años (La Jornada, 28 de enero de 2013)

Nueva oportunidad de liberar a tzotzil; organizaciones piden su absolución (La Jornada, 27 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sixth Anniversary of the Voz del Amate (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz de Amate” (8 January 2011)

Chiapas: End of hunger strike (14 November 2011)

Chiapas: Two more prisoners join the hunger strike; concentration of family-members at sit-in (4 November 2011)

Chiapas: National and international support for Patishtán and the prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (26 October 2011)

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