[Ppnews] Mexico - Court Orders the Immediate Release of the Twelve Atenco Prisoners

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Jul 6 18:25:22 EDT 2010

We have some WONDERFUL NEWS to share for a 
FROM PRISON late Thursday night. There were last 
minute attempts to arrest the three main 
activists on other charges after the Supreme 
Court ordered their release early Wednesday 
afternoon, so we were all slogging around in the 
cold rain and mud out there at the maximum 
security prison before they finally came out one 
at a time beginning at 9:30 Thursday night, 
exonerated of all charges. (The 9 prisoners at 
the other prison, Molino de Flores, had gotten out the night before.)

It's really a major triumph because, if you 
remember, Ignacio del Valle was sentenced to 112 
and a half years, Felipe Álvarez and Héctor 
Galindo to 67 and a half years, and the other 
nine to almost 32 years. They came out with a 
fighting spirit, denying corporate media claims 
that justice has been done, and vowing to first 
get America del Valle's charges dropped so she 
can come home to her family, and then to get the 
state criminals punished for their crimes. To get 
the flavor of their release, you can watch a cool video at

Lots of people came up and said things like "This 
shows we can get Mumia and all the other 
political prisoners out, too. The State is NOT invincible!"

We'll be spreading the word about these new 
developments against Mumia at the big celebration in Atenco tomorrow.

OnaMOVE, Carolina


Court Orders the Immediate Release of the Twelve Atenco Prisoners


Ignacio del Valle, Among the Freed

By Anne Vigna
Special to the Narco News Bulletin

June 30, 2010

The judges of the First Court of Mexico’s High 
Tribunal today ordered, via telegram, the 
immediate release of twelve political prisoners 
from the town of Atenco. Their freedom is 
effective immediately, today, June 30. The Court 
concluded that the evidence did not exist to 
sustain the charge of “organized kidnapping,” in 
particular the use of photographs as evidence. 
The judges also concluded that the presumption of 
innocence was not respected by prosecutors. They 
also concluded that the crime of “organized 
kidnapping” does not even appear in Mexican law.

In the cases of Ignacio del Valle and Felipe 
Alvarez, the judges stressed that the meetings at 
which officials of the State of Mexico were 
detained by citizens (February 8 and April 6 of 
2006) had the goal of holding a dialogue to 
improve educational conditions in the state and 
that their detention was not premeditated, and 
that the officials were released within 48 hours 
unharmed. The decision to detain them was made 
after citizens objected to the repeated absence 
of the state Secretary of Education in the talks. 
All the defendents received a protective order 
prohibiting their arrest from the Court.

Outside the courthouse, members of the Popular 
Front in Defense of the Land and of the Justice 
and Peace Committee for Atenco witnessed the end 
of a four year struggle that “was not in vain” as 
Trini, wife of Ignacio del Valle, told the crowd. 
“I see tears of happiness in the eyes of my 
compañeros and I would like to say thank you to 
everyone, thank you to the Mexican people and 
international solidarity. The federal and state 
governments are not invincible!” The mothers of 
the prisoners held at the Molino de las Flores 
prison were barely able to speak with reporters 
due to the emotion in their voices. The mother of 
Hector Galindo, the last prisoner freed by the 
judges, said, “for justice to begin we want those 
who are guilty of this barbarity to be in prison 
now. Today, only the injustice was stopped.”

Various of former Atenco prisoners were present 
and highly emotional. 1997 Nobel Peace Prize 
laureate Jody Williams also attended the court 
session. Leaving the courthouse, she took the microphone:

“At last, to the people of Atenco who have 
suffered so much, there comes a hope of justice. 
I am going to inform my fellow Nobel Peace Prize 
laureates, above all Desmond Tutu, who is right 
now praying for the people of Atenco.”

An hour later, the members of the movement headed 
out to find their prisoners at two penitentiaries in the State of Mexico.

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