By Kathy Price, Mexico campaigner for Amnesty International Canada
The hug, the smiling faces outside the barbed wire perimeter of El Hongo Prison, tell this latest good news story from Mexico!
Adrián Vásquez is free from a nightmare of torture and unjust imprisonment – free, at last, to return to his wife Judith and their family.
Adrián’s release came in the early morning of December 2nd, more than three years after he was picked up by police in Tijuana and tortured so badly that he required life-saving surgery. The 33-year-old bus driver and father of four was driving his car when police pulled him over, accused him of being a notorious drug trafficker driving a stolen vehicle. Their “evidence” alone was used to charge and imprison Adrián for three anguished years while his trial was ongoing.
Hours after Adrián’s release, there was more good news!