Mexicans watch for years behind bars for a trial By Reuters


© Reuters. Feminine prisoner Ana Georgina Jimenez Macias, who has spent 13 years awaiting trial in Mexico, takes a selfie together with her sons at dwelling in Veracruz, Mexico in 2009, on this handout image distributed to Reuters on September 27, 2022. Ana Georgina Jimenez Maci


By Isabel Woodford

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Ana Georgina Dominguez has not seen her youngsters in 13 years since she was thrown in jail for against the law Mexican prosecutors have nonetheless not confirmed she dedicated.

Arrested when she was simply 25 years previous on cash laundering expenses, Dominguez is one among tens of 1000’s of Mexican suspects caught in so-called pre-trial detention, trapped in a judicial limbo behind bars.

She stands accused of operating high-level monetary accounting for a drug cartel.

“I did not even end highschool,” Dominguez, now 40, mentioned in a telephone interview from the medium-security penitentiary in Toluca metropolis.

Forty % of Mexican prisoners are at the moment awaiting trial, placing it among the many high third of nations worldwide for pre-trial detention and worse than chronic-offenders Iran and Zimbabwe, in keeping with knowledge from London-based Institute for Felony Coverage Analysis.

Greater than 92,000 jailed Mexican suspects are awaiting trial, the Institute estimates.

Dominguez can be amongst those that has spent longer in jail ready for a trial than if any sentence had been doled out: she confronted simply an eight-year jail time period if convicted.

Mexican human rights group Prodhu have known as for her launch, saying she was tortured, sexually assaulted, and compelled to signal key paperwork.

Prosecutors didn’t reply when requested for remark about Dominguez’s case.


Troopers burst into Dominguez’s dwelling within the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to detain her early one morning in 2009.

The “worst half” was having her youngsters, then aged 5 and 11, witness her arrest, she mentioned, including that she later heard a commander admit the mistaken individual had been arrested.

Dominguez mentioned she was instructed that the important thing piece of proof in opposition to her was testimony from an unidentified witness, although she later countered this with an alibi.

Mexico’s pre-trial backlog has not been aided in recent times by its prolonged coverage of “computerized” detention.

Since 2019, “no-bail” guidelines have been routinely utilized to 16 offenses, together with misuse of public funds and gas theft, far past the “distinctive” circumstances permitted in worldwide treaties.

“Many Mexicans spend greater than a decade disadvantaged of their liberty, awaiting trial with out sentence,” Miriam Estrada-Castillo, an official with a United Nations working group on arbitrary detention, mentioned earlier this month.

Mexico’s Supreme Court docket this month debated the constitutionality of the pre-trial detention coverage, however it made no ruling as a consequence of lack of consensus among the many jurists.

Leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has not proposed any reforms to the coverage, having lengthy pointed to Mexico’s excessive crime charge to defend mass pre-trial detention.

The coverage can be used to stop suspects from “fleeing justice, or from attacking victims or threatening witnesses,” in keeping with an Inside Division assertion.

It stays unclear how lengthy suspects usually stay jailed awaiting trial, because the authorities doesn’t launch the info.

However a two-year restrict for pre-trial detentions set out by legislation has clearly been breached in circumstances like Dominguez’s, who counts federal public protection head Netzai Sandoval as a supporter.

“We belief that very quickly we’ll have the ability to put an finish to this injustice,” Sandoval wrote in a put up on Twitter (NYSE:).

One of many two authorized expenses Dominguez confronted was thrown out in February on procedural grounds, and a choose is now weighing up the ultimate cost.

If that too is dismissed, a weary however decided Dominguez hopes she might be reunited together with her household by Christmas.

“It is arduous,” she mentioned, “however I’ve to maintain preventing.”

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