On Wednesday 18 September, there was presented in the Senate a legal initiative to grant amnesty to the indigenous prisoner Alberto Patishtán. This proposal, advanced by PRD senators Angélica de la Peña and Zoe Robledo Aburto, calls for an “amnesty law for persons against whom has been exercised penal action with regard to the acts which took place in the Simojovel and El Bosque municipalities on 12 June 2000.”
The proposal for amnesty, unlike a pardon, implies that the State “nullify the charges and punitive sentence imposed on the incarcerated party, who has been persecuted, imprisoned, and accused.” A pardon would not imply that the charges be declared null and void.According to claims made by PRD senators, there can be seen a grave violation of the human rights of Patishtán, given that the authorities of justice have not been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the prisoner participated in the acts of which he has been accused and for which he has been condemned to 60 years’ imprisonment. It should be recalled that on 18 September the judicial branch rejected the motion to recognize Patishtán’s innocence, 13 years into his sentence.
For more information (in Spanish):
Propone PRD en el Senado ley de amnistía a favor de Patishtán (Proceso, 18 de septiembre de 2013)
El PRD pide la amnistía para el indígena y activista Alberto Patishtán (Notimérica-Europa Press, 19 de septiembre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):