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December 23, 2013

The Tzeltal Miguel Demeza is released after three years in prison for crimes he did not commit

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Miguel Demeza Jiménez, prisoner from San Sebastián Bachajón, is free!!!

The Tzeltal Miguel Demeza is released after three years in prison for crimes he did not commit

**Antonio Estrada Estrada could be freed from CERSS at any time

**Alejandro Díaz Santiz remains imprisoned, despite the undertaking by the state government

Hermann Bellinghausen

La Jornada
Monday December 23, 2013

MdjMiguel Demeza Jiménez, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle and resident of the Tzeltal ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, Chiapas, was released from the prison of San Cristobal de las Casas on 19th December for lack of evidence, according to the determination of a judge at El Amate prison in Cintalapa de Figueroa, where he had spent more than three years in prison, accused of crimes he did not commit.

Similarly, the prompt release is expected of Antonio Estrada Estrada, also from San Sebastián Bachajón, who is being held at the State Centre for the Social Reintegration of the Sentenced (CERSS) number 17 in Playas de Catazajá.

Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, lawyer for the two indigenous men, announced that Demeza Jiménez,  who had recently been transferred to CERSS number 5 in San Cristobal de las Casas, was notified on Thursday of the release order which had been issued by the third criminal judge of Cintalapa “for  lack of evidence to process with respect to the crime of robbery with violence, in compliance with the decision on amparo 1478/2012, granted due to the different violations of his human rights committed by the Office of the Specialised Prosecutor Against Organized Crime (Fecdo, its initials in Spanish) of the Prosecutor  General of Justice of the State of Chiapas in October 2010.”

On Saturday 21, Demeza Jiménez “was notified of the termination of the criminal proceedings in relation to the crime of kidnapping, [of which he was] unlawfully accused by the same Fecdo.” This was as a consequence of the waiving of the criminal proceedings by the state prosecutor.

At 3 pm the same day, the indigenous man was greeted by his family and members of his organization outside the prison.

The persecution of the indigenous people of San Sebastián Bachajón has taken place within the context of their opposition to the dispossession of their ejidal territory carried out by federal and state authorities, in favour of its use by tourists for access to the waterfalls of Agua Azul, in the neighbouring municipality of Tumbalá.

Subject to the possible release of his compañero Antonio Estrada Estrada being confirmed, and two months after the liberation of Professor Alberto Patishtán Gomez, the only indigenous adherent to the sixth who remains imprisoned in Chiapas is the Tzotzil Alejandro Díaz Santiz, who has been imprisoned for 15 of his 33 years. His release from CERSS No 5 remains pending, despite the repeated promise of the state government to obtain his release.


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  1. JUNT@S ….
    !!MUCHAS AGRADECIMIENTOS!! a tod@s nuestr@s comp@s en solidaridad

    Comment by -iris- s. fiala — December 24, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

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