Judge adds charges against 3 arrested and tortured indigenous from Bachajón

** The Chilón and Ocosingo authorities want to ensure they do not get bail

By: Hermann Bellinghausen

A judge added charges against the three indigenous from San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, in order to impede their freedom, after being tortured and threatened with a pistol during interrogation in the Ocosingo holding cell.

Their compañero ejido owners, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle assert that we’re dealing with a reprisal of the Chilón municipal police and the judicial authorities of Ocosingo for the incarceration of a municipal police agent that participated in the March 21 execution of Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, leader of Virgen Dolores community. One of the prisoners with false charges is the murdered leader’s brother.

“The bad government is putting more punishment on our compañeros Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano and Roberto Gómez Hernández, because now it changed their crime from bodily injuries (battery) to attempted murder of Chilón municipal police agent Alfredo Bernabé Aguilar Fuentes, so that they don’t get out on bond and thus remain in prison longer and unjustly, because it is a crime that they did not commit. “Because of that the bad government mistreated our compañeros for nine hours, and later the Public Ministry [1] agent, Rodolfo Gómez Gutiérrez, also put a pistol to compañero Mario Aguilar’s head.”

They ask them for money

The Tzeltal ejido owners also denounce that their prisoner compañeros in Cereso 16 of Ocosingo “are being asked for money by those called spokespersons or precisos that coordinate with prison authorities are asking for money.”

They accuse Judge Omar Heleria Reyes of being “an accomplice of the bad government, because he only signs the order for formal prison because the government, his boss, orders him to do it. Our peoples’ judges don’t act that way at way; wisdom and intelligence is needed to resolve problems, but what these people do is violate rights and protect the dirty work that the government does.”

The indigenous demand the immediate liberation of their compañeros, “tortured and unjustly deprived of their freedom from September 16 for struggling for justice and the defense of their territory.”

They also demanded the release of Santiago Moreno Pérez, a prisoner since 2009, and of Emilio Jiménez Gómez, incarcerated since July 2014, both at the Playas de Catazajá prison, as well as Esteban Gómez Jiménez, who was moved to the El Amate prison.

“We demand that the bad government and the pro-government ejido commissioner of San Sebastián Bachajón, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, not continue dispossessing our people of the territory and natural resources, because we are going to continue defending it,” the authorities of the indigenous in resistance said in conclusion.

[1] The Public Ministry in Mexico is similar to the district attorney.

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