Urgent action follow up: Sentencing postponed for David Venegas Reyes “Alebrije” until April 13, 2009, exactly two years after his arrest
The facts: On April 6, 2009 at 10:45 a.m., compañero David Venegas appeared in the Third District Court of Judge Amado Chiñas Fuentes to hear his sentence for the charge of possession with intent to sell cocaine and heroin, a charge clearly fabricated by the malevolent government, for which the compañero was taken prisoner on April 13, 2007. It is one of the cases for which he already spent eleven months in prison, the other resting on charges of Sedition, Conspiracy, and Arson for the burning of eight buildings in downtown Oaxaca on November 25, 2006, for which he was totally absolved.
Outside the court, a group of comrades from the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) were present in a show of solidarity and force as they awaited the court decision.
As often happens in cases brought against participants in the social movements, however, the court decided to postpone the sentencing on trivial administrative pretexts, ignoring the argument that David had arrived on time and complied with all requirements, as well as the charge that the delay is merely a tactic to prolong the process. Faced with the demand of setting a new date for the final hearing and sentencing, however, the court agreed that it would be on April 13 of this year at 10:45 a.m. It is important to note that April 13 is the precise date that David Venegas was arrested two years ago.
It is clear to us that the reason for the delay is to keep David Venegas tied up in the proceedings, thereby putting constraints on his full participation in the social movement. This is not the first case in which the tactic has been used. In fact, the practice of delays in sentencing and the eventual pronouncement of adverse sentences after such delays has been a common practice against social activists by these prosecutors disguised as judges. Moreover, the delay could also mean that the government is trying to test the waters of movement response to an adverse sentence.
In view of the above, we call on all men and women, organizations, collectives, peoples, and labor unions in Mexico and the world to show your solidarity on and before the date of the hearing on April 13 of this year by organizing protest actions and sending letters, phone calls and faxes addressed to Judge Amado Chiñas Fuentes* to demand that David Venegas be totally absolved of the charges against him.
We also ask that you send your signature of endorsement to this statement demanding his freedom as backing for the legal procedures.
We continue to demand the exit of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz from the Oaxaca state government and will do so until the last day of his deadly regime. We will not rest in the struggle to achieve a deep, radical change in our society. At the same time, we extend our solidarity to the peoples throughout the world who are also struggling for a better world.
FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN OAXACA, MEXICO, AND THE WORLD!
PUNISHMENT FOR ALL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REPRESSION AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF OAXACA!
THE APPO LIVES, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!
OAXACAN VOICES CONSTRUCTING AUTONOMY AND FREEDOM (VOCES OAXAQUEÑAS CONSTRUYENDO AUTONOMIA Y LIBERTAD)
Send your endorsement to: [email protected]
Send letters to:
Juez Amado Chiñas Fuentes
Juez Tercero de Distrito del Décimo Tercer Circuito
Avenida Juárez 709
Ciudad de Oaxaca de Juárez
Oaxaca, México C.p. 68000
Call: 01 (951) 51566000
Fax: 01 (951) 51566000. Ask for tone (¿Me da tono de fax, por favor?).
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