A local judge in Mexico finally ruled to release Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, after he had been held prisoner for 214 days in a Mexican jail. The decision to finally release him came after political pressure convinced the Mexican Attorney General to make the recommendation for his release. He left for the US – Mexican border late Friday night, and took a jet home to Florida right away. After spending many months behind bars, his family is excited that he is finally free.
Marine Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi Freed From Mexican Jail After 214 Days
Sergeant Tahmooressi’s incarceration had been the topic of many humanitarian groups over the past months. Some groups had worried about his treatment, and sought to find out specific information about how he was being cared for in the Mexican jail. Many military personnel and public groups criticized the Obama Administration throughout the year for seemingly not taking action to get the former Marine freed sooner. With Mexico being a very amicable country to the US, it seemed extremely unreasonable that it should take 214 days to work on getting him released back into US custody.
The Marine sergeant was arrested in Mexico back in March for possessing 3 firearms in his truck, which he drove across the Tijuana border just south of San Diego. He claims that it was an innocent mistake that he did not intend to make, but the Mexican government took the possession seriously. In what seems like a hypocritical law, it is illegal to possess a firearm in Mexico, yet many cartels and criminals freely carry their weapons to carry out unchecked violence all over the country.
It took months of intervention and negotiating on behalf of US officials to convince the Mexican government that they should turn Tahmooressi over to the US. Had the government not ultimately intervened, he would have spent considerably more time in the Mexican jail before eventually getting released.
Marine Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi Freed From Mexican Jail After 214 Days.