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Dec 23, 16

Mexico: Anarchist Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo Resentenced

From Enlace Zapatista
Translation submitted to It’s Going Down

The modification enacted by the Superior Court of “Justice” on the sentence of our compañero Luis Fernando Sotelo is a joke. The reduction of the sentence to 13 years [from 33 years], is not to serve justice, but is a mockery of it. The irregularities in the process have been denounced innumerable times. Evidence doesn’t exist to incriminate him and during the trial the only eyewitness, the driver of the metro-bus, said he did not recognize our compañero.

Why is he still in prison? It is not for judicial reasons, but political ones. It is punishment for social protest. They want to keep him imprisoned as an example. Our compañero is detained under the command of the government of Mexico City, lead by Miguel Ángel Mancera. Or perhaps also the rumors of corruption of the Fourth Chamber of the Superior Criminal Court are more correct? There doesn’t exist rumors that accuse Judge Enrique Sánchez Sandoval, who heads committee #1 of the Fourth Chamber of the Criminal Court, of receiving 750 million pesos from Román Pineda Venegas, as a cut to administer the sentence? What moral and ethical value can be born of this Fourth Chamber of the Criminal Court keeping our compañero incarcerated?

We see where the people who struggle are and we see where the solidarity in the struggle of the 43 disappeared of Ayotzinapa is taken. We also see where the criminals are and we point to them for the unjust incarceration of Luis Fernando: Enrique Sánchez Saldoval, Judge of the Fourth Chamber of the Criminal Court, Edgar Elías Azar, President of the Mexico City Superior Court of Justice, and Miguel Ángel Mancera, head of the bad government of the city.

Freedom to the political prisoners!
Freedom to Luis Fernando Sotelo!

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Scott Campbell is the author of the "Insumisión," which was a featured column on It's Going Down and currently writes news and analysis on social movements and struggles, with an eye towards Mexico.

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