political prisoner

News and Analysis: May 7 - 13, 2012

1 - POLITICAL PRISONER FROM CHIAPAS HIGHLANDS DEMANDS FREEDOM
2 - WHO WON THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE?
3 - BORDER PATROL UNVEILS NATIONAL STRATEGY
4 - JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO

Alberto Patishtan, a Tzotzil professor from the highlands of Chiapas, has been in prison for 12 years, unjustly convicted for the murder of seven police traveling in a convoy, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. This week La Jornada, one of Mexico's largest daily newspapers, characterized Patishtan as "the most important prisoner of conscience in Mexico." His judicial alternatives exhausted, the case in now in the hands of President Felipe Calderon who has the option of offering amnesty. Patishtan is currently serving time at the dangerous high security prison in Guasave, Sinaloa. The sixty-year-old professor and human rights activist was sentenced to life in prison in a highly politicized trial under former Chiapas Governor Pablo Salazar Mendiguchia, himself in prison for corruption. Governor Juan Sabines, who followed Salazar in office, promised to free Patishtan, but then failed to follow through. 
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