More than three months after he reportedly took a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico with three registered firearms in his car, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi remains incarcerated in that country. Activists across America have been pleading with U.S. and Mexican authorities to act on the veteran’s behalf; however, there has been little positive news to report regarding his release on weapons charges.
That trend seemed to change this week when Serving California, a faith-based legal organization working on Tahmooressi’s behalf, reported that his first hearing in Mexico had been set for July 9.
“We are very encouraged to finally have a hearing scheduled for Sgt. Tahmooressi and are hopeful of a positive verdict, which will result in his freedom,” said Serving California President Philip R. Dunn in a statement earlier this week.
He confirmed that he has personally met with the incarcerated Marine, noting that “there is substantial evidence to prove his innocence.”
In a subsequent press release, he reported that Wednesday’s hearing gave him hope that Tahmooressi will soon be reunited with his friends and family in America.
“Yesterday’s initial hearing represents a vital step in the process of fully exonerating U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi,” the statement read. “During his court appearance that began Wednesday morning and lasted more than seven hours, we were able to successfully present much evidence to prove Sgt. Tahmooressi’s innocence.”
Dunn went on to explain that the veteran withstood cross-examination and presented a valid defense that he intended to commit no crime in crossing the Mexican border.
“A variety of errors were found in the search warrant and considering how incredible this went, we are eagerly awaiting the next scheduled hearing on August 4 and are hopeful of Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release in the near future,” he wrote.
The statement also praised the Mexican court system, which Dunn said was receptive to the evidence his team offered. As for his client, he said Tahmooressi is holding up as well as can be expected.
“Sgt. Tahmooressi continues to be in good spirits and remains strong in his faith in God to help him through this difficult situation,” he concluded. “We are grateful for the continued prayers of the American people for Sgt. Tahmooressi and his family and are hopeful he will be able to walk on American soil very soon.’
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