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Mexican Justice System, Unable or Unwilling to Correct Abuses: AI

Ángeles Cruz Martínez
La Jornada, 14th September, 2013

The Mexican justice system is unable or unwilling to correct injustices, as is evidenced by the decision of the Appeals Court which refused to recognize the innocence of the Tzotzil teacher Alberto Patishtán, declared Amnesty International (AI).
This ruling, the agency warned, once again highlights the lack of protection for residents of indigenous communities and other vulnerable sectors of society.
The obsession with protecting the formal image of the justice system over and above the obligation to guarantee human rights is one of the most serious obstacles to ensuring equal access to justice in Mexico, they observed.
So, according to the judgment of the federal court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Patishtán will remain imprisoned because of an unjust sentence, in which they did not take into account the accumulation of irregularities committed during the trial process.

Alberto Patishtán was arrested and sentenced to 60 years in prison after being accused of participating in an ambush in which seven policemen were killed in 2000.
Amnesty International emphasized that it could confirm anomalies during the trial, such as the admission of contradictory testimonies in the charge, and that evidence that Patishtán was not present at the scene of the crime was ignored.
The organization called on the Mexican government to take the necessary measures to ensure that there is justice in this case and that the justice system be reformed to ensure prompt and fair process to all persons, regardless of their economic status or membership of any indigenous group. 

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