• by: Greg McCain
  • recipient: Tribunal of Trujillo; Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras/Corte Suprema de Justicia de Honduras

On November 5th, 2013 the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras annulled the 20 year conviction of Political Prisoner Jose Isabel "Chavelo" Morales of the Campesino Movement of the Aguán after having spent over 5 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. The court has sent the case back to the lower court in Trujillo and ordered that Chavelo be free during the new trial, but his freedom is being delayed due to bureaucratic delays in processing his paper work.

The longer Chavelo waits in prison for his freedom the greater the risk to his life. Henry Osorto, the one who used his influence and connections with the National Police to get the false conviction, has a bounty on Chavelo's head. Osorto has made attempts on Chavelo's life in the past and the risk of him doing so out of a twisted sense of revenge is too great!

Our pressure helped to get Chavelo's case before the Supreme Court Judges in a timely manner and now we need them to move on getting the paperwork to the lower court so that the order for Chavelo's release can be sent to the prison.

Estimados Magistrados de la Sala Penal de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Honduras,

Su anulación de la condena de José Isabel Morales López demuestra que hubo fallas graves en el juicio de la corte de Trujillo. Libertad para Chavelo durante el nuevo juicio se le permitió estar con su familia a proveer para ellos como él lucha para limpiar su buen nombre.

Ahora pedimos tu ayuda para acelerar el proceso de obtención de los documentos de la Corte Suprema de Justicia al Tribunal en Trujillo para que las medidas para su excarcelación se pueden realizar.

Ha habido numerosas amenazas contra la vida de Chavelo mientras estaba en prisión. Cuanto más tiempo se queda allí el mayor es el riesgo para su vida por aquellos que buscan venganza irracional a pesar de que no ha hecho nada malo.

Por favor, facilitar la expedición de los documentos para que Chavelo puede ser libre y con su familia. La justicia demorada es justicia denegada.

Esteemed Magistrates of the Sala Penal of the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras,

Thank you for making the right decision in seeing that justice was served in the case of Jose Isabel Morals Lopez. Your annulment of his sentence demonstrates that there were grave flaws in the judgement of the court of Trujillo. Chavelo's freedom during the new trial will allow him to be with his family to provide for them as he fights to clear his good name.

We now ask you for your assisstance in moving along the process of getting the documents from the Supreme Court to the Tribunal in Trujillo so that the measures for his release can be expedited.

There have been numerous threarts against Chavelo's life while in prison. The longer he stays there the greater the risk to his life by those who seek irrational revenge even though he has done nothing wrong.

Please facilitate the expedition of the documents so that Chavelo can be free and with his family. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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