In July 2012, Yecenia Armenta was driving relatives to the airport when undercover police pulled her over. They forced her out of her car, blindfolded her and drove her away. They accused her of ordering her husband’s murder, and they stopped at nothing to make her confess.
Yecenia was hung upside down by her ankles, suffocated and beaten. “They said they would bring my two children, rape them and cut them up into pieces,” she told Amnesty. “After many hours of torture and after they’d raped me, I signed the confession. I was still blindfolded. I never even read what I had signed.” Her ordeal lasted 15 hours.
In detention, doctors from the same prosecutor’s office that detained her examined Yecenia’s injuries but failed to document them. Months later, medical forensic staff from the Federal Attorney General’s Office also examined her, only to conclude that she had not been tortured because the previous doctors had found no signs. Since then, independent medical experts have examined her twice and both times concluded that she was indeed tortured.
Yecenia has spent the last three years in prison, charged without proof on the strength of her “confession”, for a crime she says she did not commit: “I want my story to be heard, and I’m asking you to help me.”
The Mexican authorities need to know the world is watching. Demand justice for Yecenia now.
Demand justice for Yecenia by sending a letter to the Attorney General of Sinaloa state:
Call on Attorney General Marco Gómez to drop the charges against Yecenia and release her immediately. He must also carry out a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into her torture and bring those responsible to justice.
Marco Antonio Higuera Gómez
Procurador General de Justicia del Estado de Sinaloa
Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado de Sinaloa
Blvd. Enrique Sánchez Alonso No. 1833
Desarrollo Plan Tres Ríos, C.P. 80030
Send Yecenia a Christmas card to show her your support:
Spending a third Christmas in prison will be difficult for Yecenia. Send her a Christmas card with a message of support to show your solidarity.
c/o Centro de Ejecución de las Consecuencias Jurídicas
del Delito de Culiacán (CECJUDE)
Carretera a Navolato Km. 95
Col. Aguaruto, C.P. 80370
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