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Mexico: Torture victim released after two decades behind bars

    March 20, 2015

    What happened?
      
    Alfonso Martín del Campo spent nearly 23 years in prison after being convicted in 1992 for the murder of his sister and brother-in-law. But he confessed to these crimes only after being tortured.
     
    Alfonso Alfonso Martín del Campo was detained in May 1992 in Mexico City. Police officers beat, smothered and threatened him. Years later, a police officer admitted that he and other officers had tortured him. But for more than two decades, the authorities ignored this and other evidence of his torture, including medical reports.
     
    Mexico's Supreme Court finally ordered Alfonso Martín del Campo Dodd’s release on March 18.
      
    "Alfonso Martín del Campo's release is a long-overdue victory for justice," said Perseo Quiroz, Executive Director of Amnesty International Mexico. "His case should have been thrown out decades ago after torture was used to extract his confession." confession."
     
    How are Amnesty supporters helping to end torture in Mexico?
     
    In May 2014, Amnesty International launched a global Stop Torture campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that everyone is protected from torture. Mexico is one of the Stop Torture campaign's priority countries.
      
    A 2014 Amnesty International report found that torture is out of control in Mexico. Amnesty has documented many cases in which judges in Mexico accept testimonies obtained under torture. Meanwhile, allegations of torture in Mexico are not properly investigated. Amnesty has highlighted how official investigations of torture are often poor and how reports carried out by independent experts are often ignored.
     
    Amnesty International believes the case of Alfonso Martín del Campo shows the many flaws within Mexico’s criminal justice system. It is a system that continues to allow evidence extracted under torture.

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