A federal court granted an amparo to María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, wife of the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca and ordered the cancellation of the formal prison order issued against her so that she could once again testify in the accusation of organized crime for which she remains in prison.
The Third Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters of the State of Mexico confirmed the decision of the Seventh District Judge in matters of Amparo and Federal Trials of the entity to grant the protection to the former first lady of Iguala, indicated by alleged links with the Guerreros Unidos, group related to the disappearance of the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa.
However, the resolution does not imply that Pineda Villa will be released, since the magistrates ordered to review the names and identification data of the collaborating witnesses that the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) presented against him.
“The responsible authority leaves the formal prison order issued on March 11, two thousand and nineteen unsubstantiated, opens a new constitutional period, in which it will again carry out the diligence related to the preparatory statement of María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, in If the names and identification data of the collaborating witnesses with codes ‘Mateo’ and ‘X’ do not exist in the criminal case, request the agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation who recorded the preliminary investigation that gave rise to the criminal process 12 / 2017, under its control, for the purpose of providing the real name and all the personal data of the aforementioned collaborating witnesses in the period deemed prudent, “they stated.
In addition, they required the Third District Judge of Federal Criminal Proceedings of the State of Mexico so that “taking into account the constitutional term to resolve the legal situation, collect again the preparatory statement of María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa”, on the criminal charge organized that weighs against you.
This, because the magistrates indicated that the judge must let you know all the rights you have in the process and, clearly and precisely, must inform you of the crimes for which you are accused, the facts for which you are accused and who point her out as likely responsible.
“In the understanding that, the identity of the collaborating witnesses with code names ‘Mateo’ and ‘X’ must be made known, whose identity until the preliminary investigation stage was reserved; as well as any other data, in accordance with the provisions of article 20, section A, section III, Constitutional, and 154 of the Federal Code of Criminal Procedures, so that the aforementioned accused is able to defend herself in this regard, all of the above, in order that the accused not only knows who or who actually testified against him, as well as the specific facts attributed to him, but who can also prepare his defense, “they indicated.
Once this is done, the Third District Judge must decide again whether to issue a formal prison order against him or not.