Chiapas: Free after 11 Years of Unjust Imprisonment 

On May 16th, brothers Abraham and German Lopez Montejo were released after spending 11 years, three months and 28 days arbitrarily and illegally deprived of their liberty for a crime they did not commit.

“After his long struggle to prove their innocence and the serious human rights violations committed against them, on May 16th, 2022, the Judge of First Instance in Criminal Matters ordered immediate release “due to lack of elements to prosecute”, or in other words, during these years there was insufficient evidence to demonstrate the responsibility of the brothers Abraham and German.”

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights demanded that the Mexican State fully comply with Opinion 43/2021 of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

It is worth mentioning that on May 7th, Marcelino Ruiz Gomez, another prisoner in struggle, was released from prison in Comitan after an incarceration of more than 20 years. Both Marcelino and the Lopez Montejo brothers were accompanied by the Collective of Relatives of Prisoners in Struggle, the No Estamos Todxs Working Group, and the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights in their fight for justice.

For more information in Spanish:

Liberan indígena tras 20 años encarcelado, Chiapasparalelo, 9 de mayo de 2022

Exige Centro Frayba liberación de tres indígenas presos en Chiapas, Expreso Chiapas, 25 de marzo de 2022

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Demands for Release of Prisoners over Multiple Violations of Due Process (March 25, 2022)
Chiapas: Governor Breaks Promise To Revise Prisoners’ Cases (January 25, 2022)
Chiapas: Adrian Gomez, Indigenous Tsotsil, Released after 17 Years of Unjust Imprison(September 12, 2021)

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