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The Court Admits Amnesty International’s Letter In Support of Patishtán


The Court Admits Amnesty International’s Letter In Support of Patishtán


** The Tzotzil is serving a sentence of 60 years for “crimes he did not commit”

** The recent surgery performed in DF allowed him to regain 70% of his sight

[Professor Alberto Patishtán during a medical examination at a hospital in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, last September Photo: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago]Photo


By: Hermann Bellinghausen

According to an agreement published by the first Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, it is admitted that they received a letter from Amnesty International (AI) in support of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, which has not been made public up to now, reported Leonel Rivero, lawyer for the Tzotzil professor condemned to 60 years in prison for crimes he did not commit, 12 of which he has served.

Patishtán Gómez, a member of the Voice of El Amate (la Voz del Amate) at the San Cristóbal de Las Casas prison, Chiapas, has been convalescing in a Tuxtla Guitérrez hospital since October 18, after having surgery in Mexico City for a brain tumour. “The operation has allowed him to regain his sight. As he has commented: ‘the light has returned, not completely, but 70 percent; now I can read and write,’” reports the Ik collective, accompanying the case.

However, “Alberto should no longer be hospitalized, because he was discharged by his doctor at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INNN), and the neurologist at the hospital Isstech-Vida Mejor Hospital” in the capital of Chiapas has so informed him.

The groups in solidarity with Patishtán argue that prison is not a suitable place for his recovery. “He needs people he trusts to take care of him; he has asked the prison authorities to place him ‘with my friends in San Cristóbal, since they have cared for me.’” His next appointment at the INNN is at the end of November.

For his part, Rosario Díaz Méndez, also a member of the Voice of El Amate and an adherent to the Other Campaign of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), held in the San Cristóbal prison, denounced that the resolution of his case was postponed once again by the Simojovel court that should have resolved it last week.

He says that: “Judge Isabella Álvarez Ramos, of the Simojovel de Allende mixed court, once again changed the date of the legal hearing until November 7. I don’t know her intention, because the authorities know perfectly well that I did not commit murder; I have proven my innocence, because the person supposedly aggrieved, Rogelio Gómez García, has asked for my freedom. Also, the witnesses for the prosecution and for the defence have stated that I am innocent” (of robbery and homicide in Huitiupán, in 2005).

He demands that the judge: “dictate her sentence now in favour of my immediate freedom,” and that the government of Juan Sabines Guerrero, “issue instructions so that my right to justice be fulfilled now.”


Meanwhile, collectives in solidarity with the Zapatista communities from India, Colombia and England demanded that the governments of Felipe Calderón and Juan Sabines Guerrero release Francisco Sántiz López, EZLN support base and a native of Tenejapa.

Since last December 4, Sántiz López “has been unjustly incarcerated because of false accusations of having led a confrontation in Banavil, Tenejapa.” Although various witnesses have declared in favour of his innocence, “the authorities in charge of imparting justice refuse to take into account these key testimonies.” The witnesses confirm that the accused was not present at the scene of the crime. Similarly, the Good Government Junta in the Caracol of Oventic and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre “have both pointed to the impunity that those truly responsible for the murder and aggressions that occurred in Banavil enjoy.”


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2012/10/31/politica/016n1pol