The Freeing of Political Prisoner Chabelo Morales

Free Chabelo! ¡Libertad para Chabelo!

Chabelo y Doña Moncha

Six years, nine months, seven days. This is the amount of time that Jose Isabel Morales, also known as “Chabelo,” had spent unjustly in prison without any concrete evidence that he had committed a crime. Omar Menjivar, Chabelo’s defense attorney, emphasized this period of time through out his opening arguments on July 24th 2015 in the initial hearing of the retrial. It is the second retrial for Chabelo having the two previous convictions annulled by the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras due to prosecutorial irregularities. The Supreme Court also had intense pressure from national and international human rights groups who demanded Chabelo’s freedom. Chabelo has become a symbol of the criminalization of peasant farmers who struggle for their right to land. He is recognized as a political prisoner through out the world and a victim of the neoliberal land grabbing by the ruling elite of Honduras who have usurped…

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