Article 19 has announced that on July 15th, the Third Collegiate Court in the state of Quintana Roo granted an injunction to Jose Kamel Nacif Borge, a businessman accused of the crime of torture against the journalist and human rights defender Lydia Cacho.
“This judicial body indicates in this new ruling that the events that occurred on December 16th and 17th, 2005, when Lydia was apprehended and tortured, were not related to the publication of the book “The Demons of Eden: the Power of Child Pornography in Mexico”, a book in which Kamel Nacif and the former governor of Puebla, Mario Marin Torres, are revealed for participating in child sexual exploitation networks in Mexico.
The magistrates who granted the injunction considered that in the conversation between Mario Marin and Kamel Nacif, there was no reliable evidence about the existence of an order to torture the journalist for publishing the book and that what she experienced is reduced to the responsibility of the policemen who detained her.
Lydia Cacho assured that she has information that the magistrates received money to make them fail in this regard, and also pointed out that after election day they changed the magistrate who was handling her case, which has been going on for more than 15 years.
Article 19 warned in a statement that “For a country where torture, particularly of a sexual nature against women, is a general practice and violence against the press is a constant that is recorded every 13 hours, the message of the judicial authorities is devastating by favoring impunity.” Similarly, “the sentence denotes a profound ignorance of international standards on human rights and has a clear intention to exonerate all intellectual authors.”
In an update on the case, Article 19 stated that on July 27th, “two judgments issued by the Third District Court in Quintana Roo were notified, through which, on the one hand, it denied the protection to the former governor of Puebla, Mario Marin, against the formal prison order that was issued on February 10th, 2021 for his probable responsibility in the crime of torture against Lydia Cacho, and she was also denied protection against the request she made tohave her trial in freedom.”
For more information in Spanish:
Caso Lydia Cacho: exoneran a Kamel Nacif del delito de tortura; niegan amparo a Mario Marín (Aristegui Noticias, 27 de julio de 2021)
Magistradas otorgan amparo a Kamel Nacif; desestiman audios como prueba en caso de Lydia Cacho (Animal Político, 27 de julio de 2021)
Tribunal otorga amparo a Kamel Nacif; Lydia Cacho denuncia presunta corrupción de magistradas (Proceso, 27 de julio de 2021)
Artículo 19 advierte impunidad en caso de la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho(Agencia EFE, 27 de julio de 2021)
For more information from SIPAZ:
National: Mario Marin, Ex-governor Involved Lydia Cacho Case, Arrested (February 5, 2021)
Mexico: 2019 Highest Number of Attacks on the Press – Articulo 19 (May 28, 2020)
Nacional: Periodista Lydia Cacho forzada a exiliarse ante nuevas amenazas en su contra (September 3, 2019)