To the people in solidarity around the world
To the media
To the organizations that defend human rights
To all the people and organizations that wish to act in solidarity with Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno we ask that they spread the following simple and deeply felt news.
Juan Manuel was released from the Ixcotel prison on the 18th of February after spending 16 months unjustly accused of murdering the North American journalist, Bradley Roland Will on Oct. 27th 2006.
For quite some time, Juan Manuel and his family have received threats and intimidation. While in prison he was often threatened and told, “Remember, you have a wife and three kids”. The threats and intimidations continue today which make it important to take action in order to live in peace and freedom.
This is why we are demanding the physical and psychological protection of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno and his wife, children, brothers, sisters, and parents.
We also demand justice and the imprisonment of the real murderers of Bradley Will, a crime which is depicted in various pictures and clearly shows the participation of Pedro Carmona, Abel Santiago Zárate (el chino), Juan Carlos Soriano (el chapulín), Manuel Aguilar Coello, and Juan Sumano, who have yet to be detained and still enjoy total impunity.
To help guarantee the safety of Juan Manuel and his right to a life free of harassment and threats and to help demand real justice for Brad Will, please sign and send this letter to the following addresses:
LIC. FRANCISCO GÓMEZ MONT
SECRETARIO DE GOBERNACIÓN
FAX (+52) 55 50933414
RAUL PLASCENCIA VILLANUEVA
PRESIDENTE DE LA COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE DERECHOS HUMANOS
Fax: (+52) 55 5681 7199
LIC. EDUARDO MEDINA-MORA ICAZA
PROCADURIA GENERAL DE LA REPUBLICA
Fax: (+52) 55 5346 0908
MAG. LIC. HECTOR ANUAR MAFUD MAFUD
PRESIDENTE DEL HONORABLE TRIBUNAL SUPERIOR DE JUSTICIA DEL ESTADO
Fax: (+52) 502 6082
JEFE DE LA OFICINA EN MEXICO DEL ALTO COMISIONADO DE DERECHOS HUMANOS DE LA ONU
Fax:(52 55) 5061 6350 México D.F., México
January 12, 2010
At approximately 3 pm a person Juan Manuel had never seen before came to the visiting area of the Ixcotel prison and asked him how much money he wanted to declare his guilt. This unknown man also offered him the presidency of municipality of Santa Lucia (where Juan Manuel lives). Juan Manuel responded that he was not selling himself and that sooner or later he would be freed because he is innocent. Then the man said to him in a threatening tone: remember you have a wife and 3 children.
January 15, 2010
At approximately 3:20 pm Juan Manuel’s 3 children realized that an unknown man (possibly a federal investigative agent, afi) in a brown volkswagon model golf car with Mexico City license plates was openly taking photos of them with a good camera with telephoto lens.
January 18, 2010
At about 8 am Juan Manuel’s wife received a cell phone call from a Mexico City number. The caller said if you don’t keep quiet you’ll pay with what you love the most, along with other vulgar comments. Since then the 3 children have not attended school or played outside.
February 8, 2010
At about 7 pm Juan Manuel’s wife left her home with her youngest child to go to a store 3 blocks away. The child had her bicycle and was ahead of her. Suddenly a black Blazer pick-up with polarized windows sped from the corner at top speed almost running over the mother, who yelled out to her child to jump aside while the pick-up continued at high speed. Neighbors came out to help.
February 18, 2010
About noon after the rally at the zocalo following Juan Manuel’s release from prison, one of the men shooting at the barricades on October 27, 2006 was sitting at the zocalo. Some Section 22 (teacher’s union) members approached him to ask what he was doing there. He responded I’m observing, and finally left with a mocking, intimidating sneer.
February 19, 2010
At about 2 pm on the day after Juan Manuel’s release, the PRI president of the municipality of Santa Lucia along with his bodyguards showed up at a house directly across the street from Juan Manuel’s. They were drinking alcohol and looking at his house with mocking sneers.
February 21, 2010
At around 11 am when the family was riding in a car driven by a brother-in-law they realized they were being followed by a red surrru without license plates with 2 men inside in civilian clothes. Fortunately the brother-in-law knows the city very well and was able to elude the pursuers. The same car had been seen 2 months earlier near their house.
March 1, 2010
Juan Manuel goes into hiding after learning he could be reincarcerated. The state criminal judge accepted new evidence that he says may show Juan Manuel’s presence at the site of the murder of Brad Will. (The first rumors were that it showed him shooting Brad Will, for which he had just been exonerated.) The judge accepted this evidence without the presence of Juan Manuel or his attorneys.
March 2, 2010
A man about 24 years old with a military-style hair cut was standing about 10 meters from the front entrance to Juan Manuel’s house with a cell phone with camera. When his wife tried to photograph the young man he seemed visibly nervous and left.
March 8, 2010
During the night a group of drunk men were outside the house of Juan Manuel’s sister’s house shouting we are going to kill your brother.
March 15, 2010
At about 10 am there was a man outside Juan Manuel’s house taking photos of the house. His wife went out to ask him why he was taking the photos and he said he is an employee of Santa Lucia. She then photographed him with her cell phone camera and went to the office of the teachers’ union, Section 22, and denounced this legally with her attorney from Section 22.