MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Wednesday that he would pardon an indigenous teacher who has spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of participating in the murder of seven police officers.
The case of Alberto Patishtan has been a cause celebre for many human rights activists who maintained that he did not receive a fair hearing in the courts and was denied due process. He was serving a 60-year sentence.
Peña Nieto’s order is made possible by a law taking effect today that expands presidential pardon powers. Patishtan is the first person to benefit.