Jun 10, 2014

Mexican prosecutors defend treatment of Marine held on weapons charge

LA Times 
By Tony Perry

Under pressure from politicians in the U.S. to release a Marine reservist being held on a weapons charge, the Mexican attorney general's office has taken the unusual step of defending its handling of the case.

The case against Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was arrested April 1 and remains in jail, has been handled according to Mexican law and any allegation of mistreatment is "baseless," according to a statement issued Friday by the attorney general's office.

The attorney general's office "reiterates its commitment to the observance of human rights and respect for due process of all arrested."

Tahmooressi, 25, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was arrested after crossing the border at San Ysidro with three weapons and dozens of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck, officials said.

Initially kept in the notorious La Mesa prison near Tijuana, he has since been transferred to the El Hongo prison outside in Tecate, where conditions are better, according to Tahmooressi's supporters. Read more. 

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