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Mexico court orders release of woman jailed for abortion

Published on Jan 23, 2014 11:45 AM

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexico's Supreme Court ordered the release on Wednesday of a woman who served seven years in jail for aborting a child illegally, saying she did not receive due process.

The high court said Ms Adriana Manzanares, an indigenous Tlapaneca who does not speak Spanish, was freed after conviction "due to several violations of due process, including the lack of an interpreter who spoke her language and understood her culture and worldview".

The attorney who helped secure her release was not immediately available for comment.

Local media reported that Ms Manzanares had been sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2006 after authorities said she illegally aborted her fetus late in her pregnancy.

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