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Wrongfully Jailed Indigenous Women Speak Out on Police Abuses in Mexico

Carrie Kahn - NPR Morning Edition
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February 24, 2017

Jacinta Francisco (R) one of three indigenous women who were wrongfully jailed for years, stands next to her daughter Estela Hernadez as she shouts slogans after a formal apology from the Attorney General's Office, in Mexico City. (Reuters)

In Mexico this week, a rare public event took place. Federal officials apologized to three indigenous women and declared them innocent of crimes for which they served more than three years in jail. As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, the women took advantage of the public forum to speak out against corruption and police abuse in Mexico.

The three women were arrested in their village in central Mexico and accused of kidnapping six federal agents in 2006. They were tried and sentenced to 21 years in prison. All served more than three years before being released. Under court order, Mexico's attorney general, Raul Cervantes, publicly apologized to them.

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