Chiapas: “We are convinced that he is innocent (Patishtán),” Martínez Veloz

Jaime Martínez y Sandino Rivero @ SIPAZ

On 27 August, the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, Jaime Martínez Veloz, visited Alberto Patishtán Gómez in prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, seven days into Patishtán’s hunger strike, which he had been engaging in with his comrade Alejandro Díaz Sántiz.

In press-conference, the Commissioner said that the release of Patishtán, among other things, “is fundamental so as to generate the minimum conditions of trust” with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) toward the observance of the San Andrés Accords, adding that Osorio Chong, Secretary of Governance, “is in agreement that this is the path forward.”

Martínez Veloz recalled the conclusions of the project of justice Olga Sánchez Cordero in which she mentions that Patishtán Gómez “is totally innocent, and his case is not a juridical question, but rather one of justice.”  Jaime Martínez emphasized that, with regard to the case of Alberto Patishtán, “[w]e are convinced of his innocence; we have reviewed the process, and there is no basis at all for his incarceration.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Firma la petición de Amnistía Internacional: Acción Urgente: Por Alberto Patishtán ni un día más sin justicia

Vital, la liberación de Patisthán para diálogo con el EZLN: Martínez Veloz (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)

Comisionado para los Pueblos Indígenas visita hoy a Patishtán (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)

Comisionado para el Diálogo Jaime Martínez Veloz visitará a Alberto (Blog de Alberto Patishtán, agosto 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Global action to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán and justice for political prisoners (20 August 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)


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