Mexico frees activists accused of migrant trafficking

Mexico City: Mexican officials say two jailed immigration activists have been set free due to lack of evidence following accusations of migrant trafficking.

Irineo Mujica, director of the non-profit group Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), and fellow activist Cristobal Sanchez celebrated Wednesday's decision in the southern border city of Tapachula.

They contend the government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador fabricated the charges when it arrested them on June 5.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is accused of trying to placate Washington.Credit:Bloomberg

Sanchez said that "we're the first political prisoners in the 'fourth transformation." That's an allusion to a term Lopez Obrador uses to signify drastic changes envisioned by his government.

Critics say the activists' arrests were used to placate Washington, a claim Mexico's President denied.

Lopez Obrador said last week: "We don't act against anyone to stay on the good side of a foreign government."


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