The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced this Thursday, during his morning press conference, that he will allow the release of some 12,358 prisoners from the country’s federal prisons.
It will do so through a presidential decree. The beneficiaries must meet certain requirements, detailed in four points.
In the first section, the president indicated that those not sentenced from the federal jurisdiction with more than 10 years in prisons and who have not committed serious crimes will be released.
The second point, according to López Obrador, includes the release of adults over 75 years of age who are in federal prisons and “who have not committed serious crimes, crimes of blood.”
According to the president, in the third point are those “over 65 with chronic diseases and who have not committed serious crimes”, who also “are going to be released.”
In all these cases a simplified procedure will be followed. While in the case of the sick, “the Ministry of Health will be asked to make the corresponding diagnoses,” said López Obrador.
The president indicated that the release period will not be longer than September 15.
“We do not want torture in Mexico”
As a fourth point, he added that “all inmates” in federal prisons who have been tortured, as long as this is proven by the Istanbul Protocol, will be released. “We don’t want torture in Mexico,” he said.
The Istanbul Protocol is a manual for the investigation and documentation of torture and other cruel or degrading treatment or punishment presented in 1999 by the United Nations (UN).
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The Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, Olga Sánchez Cordero, added that the prison population over 75 years of age could ask a judge for release and continue at home in house arrest.
This is very important because even the Code of Criminal Procedures establishes with all precision that those over 70 years of age obtain or may obtain the benefit of home detention,” he said. Luis Cárdenas Palomino faces charges of torture
“And, on the other hand, he has also instructed us that those over 65, also deprived of their liberty, can obtain this benefit if they are in vulnerable conditions if they have a degenerative disease,” Sánchez Cordero clarified.
According to the Constitution in Mexico, as established in article 89, section XIV, the president has the power to grant pardons to those sentenced for crimes under federal jurisdiction.
In Mexico, there are 220,114 people deprived of their liberty; 125 thousand 567 have a sentence.