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"Not one day more without justice" for Patishtán : Amnesty International

AI renews its appeal to the Federal Judiciary Council to take into account the anomalies
Hermann Bellinghausen
La Jornada, 29th August, 2013
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Amnesty International (AI) has called again for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, in the context of the caravan which has come from Mexico City to visit him in the prison of this city, and to demand that the court in Tuxtla Gutierrez, who will review his case, rule for his immediate release.
"Not one day more without justice", says the organisation’s blog, calling on people to sign a petition directed to the Federal Judiciary Council which says: "I am writing to express my concerns regarding the judicial process of Alberto Patishtán, sentenced to 60 years in prison. I have learned that during his process there were serious irregularities, and that there is evidence of his innocence which has not been taken into account.
"I also know that this is not an isolated case, as those who belong to an indigenous community face serious problems in obtaining justice in Mexico, due to discrimination. Therefore, I request that the case of Alberto Patishtán be resolved promptly and fairly.
"I also request that you take the steps necessary to prevent recurrence of such situations, ensuring equality of process, in which membership of an indigenous group, and economic or social condition will no longer be a barrier to access to justice".
AI argues that the teacher, accused of participating in an ambush in which seven policemen were killed, "after an unjust trial, was sentenced to 60 years in prison. During his trial they did not take into account the irregularities of process and the contradictions in the witness statements which identified Alberto. Nor were the statements assessed which said that the teacher Patishtán was elsewhere [at the time]."
In Mexico, AI concludes, "the justice system fails to ensure a fair and equal judgement, especially when those accused are indigenous." More than 10,600 people have signed the document ( http://alzatuvoz.org/patishtan/ ).

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