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No damages for freed woman

September 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Mexican authorities said there would be no compensation for an indigenous market vendor who was wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and spent three years in prison in a case that provoked protests.

Jacinta Francisco Marcial was released last week after prosecutors decided not to contest an appeal of her 21-year sentence. London-based Amnesty International demanded that she be compensated.

The Attorney General's Office said prosecutors never proclaimed her innocence, deciding only that there was "reasonable doubt" in her case.

Marcial and others were convicted of holding federal agents hostage during a raid to confiscate pirated goods.

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