Hell lasted for seven days: Óscar Montes

The young man gave thanks for the support he received.
Montes gave a press conference at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. (Photo: Jorge Alvarado/EL UNIVERSAL)
María Teresa Montaño
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Óscar Montes, who was arrested last Friday in the airport of Mexico City for allegedly transporting 44 pounds of cocaine, regretted that for Mexican justice "we are all suspects before proven innocent."

In a press conference at the premises of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), Montes was thankful that his personal hell did not last more than seven days.

"What kept me strong was something a fellow inmate told me that he heard on the radio: 'They are mobilizing outside and they will get you out,'" he said.

The young man, who left jail today after the Office of the Attorney General desisted on following any legal actions against him, expressed that while the situation was bad for him, he was happy that it happened.

“I am thankful that it happened to me, who has a family that would never give up and numerous to both. I have 25 mothers and 25 fathers, as well as a million siblings. I have friends as well as the support and confidence of the rectos, of my colleagues, in an institution characterized by its humanity," he said.

He added that while he was not physically hurt, his right to be considered not-guilty was violated. "I was accused and I had to demonstrate the contrary."

After being subjected to a routine medical examination, Oscar arrived at the UAEM for his encounter with media. He was wearing jeans and a green jacket provided by the University, and appeared listless and walking with difficulty.

In the living room hosting the press conference, the young man was accompanied by his parents, Óscar and Adriana -from Santiago Tianguistengo, near the state capital of Toluca-, as well as other relatives and friends, who shaved their heads in an act of solidarity with the young man, who was detained in the maximum security prison in the state of Nayarit.

The press conference was momentaraly suspended while Oscar responded to a phonecall from the lawyers who took his case after he was declared innocent.


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