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State judge, public agent arrested for falsifying charges

Chetumal, Quintana Roo — The Attorney General’s Office of Quintana Roo has arrested a state judge and public servant for claiming false charges that saw a man jailed.

Arrest warrants against agent Tila Patricia León and judge Javier Ruiz Ortega were implemented last week in the state’s capital city of Chetumal. Both were arrested for the alleged crime of sabotage to the detriment of journalist Pedro Canche.

In August of 2014, Canche was covering a story where he took photographs, recorded video and gathered information about a public demonstration regarding the Water and Sewerage Commission in a nearby city.

Pedro Canche published several journalistic notes with a critical editorial line to the attention of the Mayan population regarding state and municipal authorities and was subsequently arrested for sabotage to the detriment of society.

He was imprisoned for nearly nine months.

The integration of an investigation by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression was initiated indicating that Tila Patricia León, as an agent of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the then Attorney General’s Office, initiated charges without evidence.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression determined that Javier Ruiz Ortega, as a criminal judge of the Superior Court of Justice of the state, dictated, without having sufficient evidence, that the journalist was guilty of the crime of sabotage, limiting and diminishing the human right to freedom of expression.

Pedro Canche was imprisoned from August 2014 to May 2015. Both Tila Patricia León and Javier Ruiz Ortega were taken to the Social Readaptation Center of Chetumal where they will remain until their trial.