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Court Rejects Appeal by Logging Activists

July 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Mexican court rejected an appeal by two peasant activists jailed more than two years ago while leading an anti-logging protest, a defense lawyer said.

Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera were jailed in 1999 for six years and eight months and 10 years, respectively, on marijuana and gun charges. Both say they were incarcerated for leading a peasant movement against illegal logging in the state of Guerrero.

International rights groups have rallied to their cause, labeling them political prisoners.

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