Guerrero: Members of the OPIM request another appeal

February 5, 2009

On January 21, five members of the Indigenous Mphaa People´s Organization (OPIM) requested an appeal of the arrest warrants which led to their incarceration by a federal judge. The 5 members, who are human rights defenders, were detained on April 18, 2008 and accused of killing Alejandro Feliciano on January 1, 2008.

On October 15, 2008, the Eighth District Judge in Acapulco, Livia Lizbeth Larumbe Radilla, granted an appeal to 4 of the 5 detainees. However they were not freed and on November 3 the Federal Public Prosecutor submitted an appeal which overturned the decision without presenting new evidence in the case.

In their press release the Human Rights Center of the Montaña Tlachinollan (CHDM Tlachinollan) stated that “As a Human Rights Center we hope that the Eighth District Judge grants the appeal to the five accused because it has become evident that there does not exist sufficient evidence to continue the investigation and maintain the arrest warrants, all of which is corroborated by the appeal granted on October 15 of last year”.

The CDHM Tlachinollan also added that there are 10 other people, the majority of whom belong to the OPIM, who are accused of the same crime and that they will be submitting an appeal within the next few days.

More Information (In Spanish):

Comunicado del CHDM Tlachinollan (20/1/09)

Miembros de la OPIM interponen un amparo (La Jornada, 22/1/09)

More Information From SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Federal government overturns appeal granted to 4 of the 5 detained members of OPIM (SIPAZ, 11/6/08)

Guerrero: prisoners of the OPIM are released (SIPAZ, 10/22/08)

Guerrero: Human rights defenders in Ayutla held in prison for nearly two months (SIPAZ, 6/13/08)

SIPAZ Website- Civil Society: OPIM

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