Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
The Michoacán government gave the green light for the transfer of José Manuel Mireles from the federal prison in Hermosillo, Sonora to the David Franco Rodríguez Prison (Mil Cumbres) in Morelia.
Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles confirmed in an interview that the judge handling the case already requested information from the state authorities about space availability, so that the transfer of the former autodefensa leader can be realized. However, Aureoles said that the case and Mireles’ transfer to Michoacán is in the hands of the Fifth District Court based in the city of Uruapan.
The governor revealed that “they requested authorization from us or the approval for the transfer to the prison, we responded that we have no objection, and it’s going to be up to the judge to decide.”
Nicolás Mendoza Jiménez, Mireles’ lawyer, was the one who promoted the transfer on the grounds of the deteriorating health of the former leader of the autodefensas in Michoacán.
Mireles was detained in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas on June 27 2014, charged with the crime of carrying arms for the exclusive use of the armed forces.