Three Women Victims of Sexual Torture Freed After Five Years in Prison
The First District Federal Penal Judge in Veracruz ordered that Denise Blanco, Korina Utrera and Wendy Hernández be set free. They are residents of Veracruz who survived sexual torture during five years in prison under an unjust criminal process based on false evidence.
According to Amnesty International and Centro Prodh, Denise, Korina and Wendy were released from the Federal Re-adaption Center #16 in Morelos. Their freedom, said Denise Blanco, is "to have a new life that was suspended needlessly, to recover the time lost."
The organizations demanded a prompt investigation and expedited the complaints of sexual torture and the grave violations of human rights against these women.
In a press release, both organizations said that in August, 2011, Denise, Korina and Wendy were arrested without a warrant in Villahermosa, Tabasco, by Navy personnel and taken to a military installation in Veracruz.
They were raped, humiliated, asphyxiated and shocked with electricity, including being insulted for their sexual orientation, all with the goal to obtain a confession that they were guilty and also to implicate persons they did not know in the commission of several crimes.
To these violations are also added that they were held incommunicado and delayed in being brought before the authorities. In addition, they were taken before the federal Attorney General in Veracruz, and not in Tabasco, where they were arrested. The three were showed to the news media as belonging to a criminal group in a process full of irregularities and false evidence based in arbitrary arrest and sexual torture.
See the original at The Fulano Forum
Related: Mexico: Release of Women Tortured to Confess Brings Glimmer of Hope to Many Others (Amnesty International)
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