Sheinbaum has freed 40 unjustly imprisoned prisoners: AMLO

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), said today September 13, 2021 that the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, has already released 40 unjustly imprisoned prisoners and “is going for more.”

“State governments are already doing it. The model, the decision, was made by the head of Government of Mexico City, and she has already won us, and has already freed about 40 unjustly detained, and is going to release more in the coming days, as she informed us, “said the president in your morning lecture.

López Obrador asked the Judiciary on Monday to “expedite” the release of prisoners without sentencing, tortured, elderly and seriously ill, as required by his decree of August 25.

The president announced that he will negotiate with the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), Arturo Zaldívar, and the attorney general of the Republic, Alejandro Gertz Manero, to comply with the release, which he had promised before 15 of September.

The president referred to the decree he published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), which orders a committee to release adults over 75 years of age, adults over 65 with chronic diseases, prisoners with 10 years without a sentence and tortured.

The president justified the measure a few weeks ago by noting that of the more than 220,000 people in prisons, 43% do not have a sentence, which is equivalent to about 125,500.

“Those who have not been sentenced for many years, those who are sick, that is very unfortunate, large, sick people, who should be released. And those who have been shown to have been tortured, “said López Obrador about the potential beneficiaries.

Almost a score of state governors, including the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that they would join with their own decree that applies to crimes of local jurisdiction.

Despite the president’s promises, human rights defenders and relatives of detainees have questioned the delay in releasing the inmates.

Associations have also denounced that the federal decree falls short because it creates a committee between the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) and the Ministry of Public Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), but only asks to apply existing laws.

López Obrador awarded the delay to the government bureaucracy and the Judiciary, for which he promised that the heads of Segob, Adán Augusto López, and the SSPC, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, will report on the progress on Tuesday.

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