Immigrants have returned to Mexico without being sentenced to six years in prison

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GUATEMALA CITY – An Aboriginal man accused of kidnapping in a town on the border with northern Mexico returned to his home country of Guatemala on Sunday as a free woman after spending more than seven years in prison without a sentence.

A Mexican court on Saturday ordered the immediate release of 35-year-old Juana Alonzo Santizo.

Netzi Sandoval, head of the Mexican Federal Public Defender’s Office, said the court had ruled that there was no conclusive evidence against him.

Sandoval, whose office was tasked with protecting Alonzo in 2021, claimed he had been tortured and forced to sign a confession he did not understand because he could not speak Spanish.

The Mayan Chuze woman also left Ixtatan in her hometown of San Mateo in 2014, before moving to the United States, she said. He was detained by immigration officials while on his way to the Mexican border town of Reinosa and Tamaulipas, one of the main smuggling points from MacAllen, Texas.

Sandoval said police then held him in custody on charges of kidnapping. He said the allegations had not been translated into his chosen language until this year.

An advocacy campaign for his release was supported by national and international groups and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and the Tamaulipas Prosecutor’s Office withdrew the charges against him.

“It’s a completely confusing case,” Sandoval said. All her rights were violated because “she is a woman, she is an aboriginal person, she is an immigrant, she is poor and she does not speak Spanish.”

An emotional Alonzo was greeted by his family at Guatemala City Airport on Sunday and he fell between his father and his uncle’s arms. Her relatives helped her change from traditional jeans to traditional regional attire.

“It’s easy to go to jail, but it’s hard to get out of there,” Alonzo told the Spanish stop, which he learned while in prison.

“We’re not stones, we’re not plastic things.” He added.

An uncle named Pedro Alonzo says he emigrated in the hope of helping his family.

“His crime was not being able to speak Spanish. Who will pay for this stain? “He said.

According to Mexican federal government figures, 43% of those imprisoned in the country have not been convicted or sentenced.

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