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Saturday, April 09, 2005

So what is the penalty for ignoring a court order in Mexico, anyway?

AMLO's alleged crime is disregarding a court order. What is the penalty for this "ilícito no grave" (minor offence)? A fine of 200-150 U.S. dollars and one to eight years of jail time, which would be commutable.

According to the assistant attorney general in charge of the case: "La foto tras las rejas vale mucho, tiene costo..." or in other words, the photo behind bars is worth a lot, has a cost.

When does AMLO lose his political right to vote or run for office?

As soon as the judge issues an order for his arrest. And he only recovers his rights when he is exonerated. (Though, as I mentioned earlier, AMLO can appeal to keep his rights until he is actually convicted.)

I guess that means AMLO can't legally "run for president from jail."

The interview can be read in La Jornada.

posted by Michelle @ 5:39 PM,


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