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López Obrador begins review of political prisoner cases

Mexico City, Mexico — In keeping with campaign promises, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced beginning processes to free political prisoners or victims of reprisals by caciques, officials or rulers “of the old authoritarian regime.”

He says that “fabricated criminal accusations against activists and social fighters will be canceled,” adding that the secretary of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, will be in charge of cancelling those processes.

While there has been a list of the first 25 political prisoners to be freed, former governor Mario Villanueva Madrid is not on the first list presented by Senator Nestora Salgado.

The first list of people imprisoned by political interests includes activists, students and teachers as well as community members who could be released in compliance with one of the proposals externalized by the federal government.

According to national media, the first list names academic Máximo Delgado, a leader of the National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE), Sara Altamirano Ramos, Fidencio Aldama and a student from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Enrique Guerrero.

The activist in Tlanixco and Tenango del Valle in the State of Mexico, Dominga González Martínez, who was sentenced to 50 years for the murder of Isaak Basso, has also made his list.

Also among the first 25 out of a total of 199 political prisoners are Pedro and Lorenzo Sánchez Berriozábal, Teófilo Pérez González, Rómulo Arias Mireles and Oaxacan indigenous people such as Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos, Alfredo Bolaños and Isaías Gallardo.

In October, Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a letter written by Villanueva Madrid asking for his help to be released. While there was not a lot of information released, López Obrador did say that “there will be justice”, adding that the matter will be reviewed according to legal procedures and that they will be analyzed “case by case”.