Political Prisoner Professor Beltran Finally Absolved of All Charges!!
Justice For Colombia News |
on: Saturday, 4 June 2011
JFC is extremely happy to report that Dr. Miguel Angel Beltran was yesterday, Friday 3rd June, absolved of the charges of ‘rebellion’ and ‘criminal conspiracy for terrorist purposes’. Dr Beltran was imprisoned in May 2009 after being arbitrarily detained and deported from Mexico, where he was carrying out post-doctoral research at the UNAM university in Mexico City.
The Colombian authorities claim that Dr Beltran is a key member of the FARC guerrilla group; supposedly responsible for writing ‘ideological material and articles' for the guerrillas. The evidence was based on supposed information from the notorious “FARC computers” allegedly seized in the Colombian army’s raid on a FARC camp in Ecuador in 2008.
In yesterday’s trail hearing, Dr Beltran told the Judge, “I am an academic, not a terrorist”, stating that the case was politically motivated and was part of a systematic attack on intellectuals, in which academics critical of the regime were accused of being guerrillas. He also highlighted cases of imprisonment and even of assassination of critical academics.
The decision comes days after the Colombian Supreme Court declared in a separate case against former Congressman Wilson Borja, that evidence from the computers allegedly belonging to murdered FARC Commander Raul Reyes did not fulfill legal prerequisites and is therefore illegal.
The imprisonment of Dr. Beltran caused an international scandal in the global academic community, with thousands of academics protesting against his ongoing detention. The UCU, and JFC campaigned for his release and doubtless the huge amount of international pressure affected the Judge’s decision to absolve Dr Beltran. It is expected that Dr. Beltran will be released imminently.