Chiapas: Abejas de Acteal Demand Thorough Trial for Suspected Killer of Simon Pedro


The trial for the murder of human rights defender Simon Pedro Perez Lopez could be hampered by the proposal for an abbreviated procedure requested by the defendant’s lawyer on March 28th, 2022, when the hearing for the case was scheduled in the Court of Justice of Cintalapa. However, this was suspended, when considering the request for a term to make a proposal for an abbreviated procedure, that is, that the accused admits his responsibility in exchange for a reduction in sentence. 

Faced with this request, his compañeros from the Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal had to discuss this request internally based on their faith and belief: “It is not easy to make a decision of this type, when the person who is missing is your compañero, your husband or your son.” “It is not because the sentence of our brother’s murderer would be shortened, but because we would remain without knowing the truth of what happened, that is, the masterminds of the crime would not be investigated and would be freed and this would be betraying the dignity, our compañero’s commitment”, they wrote in a statement.

Accepting the trial would be “betraying the dignity, the commitment of Simon Pedro in the defense of human rights and life, in addition, accepting half justice, would be allowing the continuation of murders of other committed defenders such as our brother”, Las Abejas stressed.

For its part, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, which is leading the defense of the case, said that by doing so, they would be leaving out key elements of their actions, such as the nature of summary execution and the connection of the act to the work of the defense of human rights, and that the crime would be reduced to a simple homicide.

For more information in Spanish:

El presunto asesino de Simón Pedro Pérez, de Las Abejas de Acteal, propone reconocer su culpabilidad a cambio de reducir su pena (Animal político, 29 de marzo de 2022)

Atenta contra la justicia y verdad la propuesta de procedimiento abreviado planteada en el caso del asesinato de Simón Pedro (Frayba, 17 de abril de 2022)

Procedimiento abreviado del caso de Simón Pedro atentaría contra la verdad y justicia(Chiapas Paralelo, 18 de abril de 2022)

Abejas de Acteal exigen reconocer que Simón Pedro fue asesinado por defender la vida (Educa Oaxaca, 19 de abril de 2022)

Las Abejas de Acteal rechazan propuesta del presunto asesino del defensor Simón Pedro (Desinformémonos, 21 de abril de 2022)

Comunicado: exigiendo que se lleve a cabo un juicio cabal (Organización Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de abril de 2022)

For more unformation from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las Abejas Demand Justice, Remembrance and Truth for Simon Pedro (April 5, 2022)
Chiapas: 99 Days after Murder of Simon Pedro, las Abejas de Acteal Denounce “Negligence and Zero Willingness” of Attorney General (October 17, 2021)
Chiapas: International NGOs Express Concern over Wave of Violence against Indigenous Peoples (January 18, 2022)

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