In spite of overwhelming documentation that his confession was obtained under torture and of irregularities in the legal proceedings, Alfonso Martín del Campo Dodd has been in prison for the last 17 years for the 1992 murder of his sister and brother-in-law in Mexico City, Mexico. This past month, on November 12, 2009, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a merits report on the case. As in its previous report on the case from October 2002, the Commission recommends that the Mexican government take all necessary measures to invalidate the confession obtained under torture, revise all of the judicial proceeding against Martín del Campo, immediately release him and provide him with adequate reparations for the human rights violations that he suffered. After so many years, now is the time for the Mexican government to deliver long-overdue justice on this case.
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