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Imprisoned Oaxaca doctor Luis Alberto Pérez freed

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca — A doctor that was imprisoned last week for alleged medical malpractice has been freed.

The release of Luis Alberto Pérez, a Oaxaca doctor who was accused of medical malpractice in the death of a 3-year-old boy, was released from prison Thursday after a country-wide protest and involvement from the state health officials.

More than 70 cities across Mexico took part in the protest April 9 after Dr. Luis Alberto Pérez was arrested for alleged intentional homicide.

The president of the Mexican Federation of Colleges of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Máximo Gómez, said that Dr. Luis Alberto was being convicted as a citizen and used as an example in a coercive manner.

According to the defense council headed by Abraham Davila, the Chamber of the Federal Court of Justice considered that there were violations of due process.

At a press conference outside the Santa María prison, Davila stressed that this situation should never have occurred because the doctor acted only in the best interest of the child.

The orthopedic surgeon is accused of intentional homicide after the death of a child who had surgery on his left arm. According to the investigations, it was a medical malpractice.

However, relatives of the child asked authorities to not fall victim to blackmail or pressure by the medical community and that legal channels in this case be followed.

Doctors across the country had threatened a medical strike April 13 in protest of medical criminalisation.