ASILEGAL Helps Man Go Free After 12 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment
July 4, 2011 | From the field | Human Rights

Arrested in the Mexican state of Guerrero in 1999 for murder, Pedro Gatica — another victim of excessive and unwarranted delays in Mexico's criminal proceedings — has finally been acquitted and released after MacArthur grantee ASILEGAL came to his defense. Gatica's attorneys cited gross violations of procedural rights, including incorrect assessment of evidence, lack of access to an interpreter, and discrimination. As of November 2010, ASILEGAL estimates that more than half the people held in Guerrero's prisons were still awaiting final verdicts in their cases. 

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