Call for Week of Agitation in Solidarity with Indigenous Anarchist Prisoner Miguel Peralta

Published July 10, 2019

Miguel Peralta

This communique comes from the solidarity group accompanying anarchist political prisoner Miguel Peralta, rejecting the recent ruling on his appeal, and calling for a week of agitation July 22- 28.

July 9th 2019

This past October 26th, 2018, the then judge Juan León Montiel of the Mixed District Court of Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, sentenced our compañero Miguel Ángel Peralta to 50 years in prison with a $151,134.90 peso fine. On October 29th of that same year, an appeal was filed against this sentence. The appeal should have been resolved in three months in the Supreme Court of Justice of the State of Oaxaca.

However, after nine months, on July 8th, 2019, Miguel’s lawyers were finally notified of the resolution. The ruling of the appeal was decided on by Judge Arturo León de la Vega, president of the Third Criminal Chamber of the aforementioned court. In this resolution, our compañero was again denied his freedom. Rather, his legal case will be returned to the court in Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca.

Judge Arturo León Vega ignored evidence that shows Miguel is not responsible for the crimes of which he is accused (homicide and attempted homicide). Instead, the judge returned the file (02/2015) to the court where Miguel was originally sentenced. The judge made this decision in light of having the legal capacity to free Miguel. These decisions again show that this legal process is filled with irregularities. Neither the court of Oaxaca nor the court of Huautla have impeded these irregularities. Rather, they have continued them, lengthening legal times and failing to deeply analyze the contradictions and inconsistencies of the case.

Faced with this disparaging and absurd panorama, we worry that the political and economic power of the cacique Zepeda family from Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón continues to have an impact on the legal rulings being made in Miguel’s case. We are particularly concerned with the political influence of local representative of MORENA Elisa Zepeda Lagunas. For over four years that Miguel has been incarcerated, it has been demonstrated on countless occasions that the accusations against him are fabricated. The absurdity is ever clearer with the same courts (tribunal in Oaxaca and court in Huautla) having cast aside the same criminal case, for being inconsistent and contradictory, resulting in freedom of seven other political prisoners from Eloxochitlán.

We make a call for solidarity, against this ruling and to demand that all of the courts involved do not delay any longer in freeing Miguel. We call for a week of agitation #SkandaloContraelEncierro July 22-28, to repudiate the prison institutions and to show our solidarity with our imprisoned comrades, from your own spaces and according to your own forms.

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Solidarity Group for the Freedom of Miguel Peralta