Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Now get her out of there

Unbelievable: "Brenda Martin guilty in money-laundering case, Mexican judge rules." And tremendously sad:
Martin, who has been under a suicide watch, collapsed in the courtroom after hearing the verdict.
The sentence:
Brenda Martin, the Canadian held in a Mexican prison for the past two years, was found guilty Tuesday of playing a role in a massive international Internet fraud. She was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 35,850 pesos (about $3,400 Cdn).
Canadians should think twice before vacationing in Mexico in the future. Their justice system is rife with corruption and it's backwards from our presumptions:
Martin has been held in custody since February 2006 and had to remain in jail while the legal process played out. The Mexican justice system places the onus on the accused to prove his or her innocence -- rather than on the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused.
I hope Martin's lawyers take this advice, also found in the CTV report:
Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland said Martin's legal team should take full advantage of the summit to press her case.

"If ever there was a beautiful time to have a public press conference with the treaty transfer papers ready to be delivered, this is it," he told CTV Newsnet.
Hopefully the Harper government will have been sufficiently embarrassed by their conduct on this file for two years and will now move quickly to get Martin out of there.