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Nieto to Pardon Jailed Mexican Teacher

October 30, 2013

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says an indigenous teacher who rights groups insist has been unjustly imprisoned for 13 years will be the first person he pardons under a change in the penal code.

The law is being modified to let the president pardon prisoners whose human rights are suspected to have been violated.

Pena Nieto says that when the change takes effect Thursday he will pardon Alberto Patishtan, a teacher detained in June 2000 who was accused of participating in the ambush and killing of seven police officers in the southern state of Chiapas, home to the Zapatista rebel uprising. Patishtan was sentenced to 60 years.

Rights groups including Amnesty International say the case against him was plagued with irregularities, but Mexican courts refused to overturn the sentence.

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Original headline: Mexican president to pardon jailed teacher

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