Mexico/Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released, notes Olga Sánchez Cordero

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The First Hall of the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has planned on 6 March to address the motion requesting the recognition of innocence of the Tsotsil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, given that the justice Olga Sánchez Cordero will present the project that would allow for the decision of whether the SCJN has the ability to begin profoundly studying the requested motion.  The project elaborated by Olga Sánchez indicates clearly that Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released.

The officials have reported to the media regarding the move by the justice, adding that the project notes that if the accused (of 60 years of age) had been judged in light of the recent constitutional reforms on human rights and the new decisions taken by the First Hall on due process and presumption of innocence, Patishtán would already be freed.It was explained that juridically the affair is very complicated, because the sentence that has Patishtán incarcerated has an indefinite timewindow.  It is for this reason, they added, that a favorable decision for the teacher would be very difficult to approve, given that he must be supported by at least two other justices to receive his freedom.  Furthermore, during the course of its history, the SCJN has on occasion recognized innocence of prisoners; it has done so only rarely because new and irrefutable evidence is required to demonstrate that the accused is not responsible for the crime for which s/he has been charged.  This is the move that has been made by the lawyers of Patishtán Gómez.For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: En manos de la SCJN asumir el caso de Alberto Patishtán Gómez y crear un referente en la administración de justicia a favor de los derechos humanos en nuestro país (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 28 de febrero de 2012)

Patishtán debe ser liberado de inmediato, según proyecto de la ministra Olga Sánchez (La Jornada, 28 de febrero de 2013)

Palabra de Alberto Patishtán Gómez sobre próxima decisión de la SCJN sobre su caso (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 4 de marzo de 2013)


Entrevista a Abogados de Alberto Patishtan (Koman Ilel, 12 de febrero de 2013)

Entrega del Amicus Curiae ante Suprema Corte de la Nación (Blog Alberto Patishtán, 4 de marzo de 2013)

Programa Especial sobre Alberto Patishtán (Blog Alberto Patishtán, febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

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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