Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
The Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) (Citizens’ Movement) party has asked the federal government to transfer the former leader of the autodefensas, José Manuel Mireles Valverde, to Mexico City (DF) so that he can be attended by medical specialists given the deterioration of his health in recent days.
According to information released by the newspaper Cambio de Michoacán, Daniel Moncada Sánchez, state coordinator of the MC, has been in constant communication with the sister of Mireles, Virginia Mireles, who brought to him the critical state Dr. Mireles is in.
Virginia Mireles explained through a statement that the former autodefensa leader has severe symptoms of dehydration due to diarrhea, as well as uncontrolled blood pressure, and is not responding to treatment.
In less than a week, Dr. Mireles has lost at least four kilograms (~8.8 pounds), which is concerning.
Meanwhile, Moncada Sánchez emphasized that there is currently an intense defense of Mireles Valverde to obtain his release in the coming days. However, for his health to be at risk, it is imperative that specialized medical care is provided until his health improves, he said.
On July 3 of this year, the Attorney General of the Republic, Arely Gómez, announced that the agency in charge had abandoned the criminal proceedings against José Manuel Mireles, which opened the way for his release from prison.
However, five months after that statement, the activist remains subject to trial for the crime of possession of weapons, which is serious and does not allow the release on bail.
Mireles was arrested on June 27, 2014 in the coastal region of Michoacán, charged with the possession of weapons, cartridges, drugs, and was imprisoned at the federal prison in Hermosillo, Sonora.