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“Mexico frees former US soldier jailed over shotgun”

Jon Hammar was released around December 21st, according to the Examiner:

Initially, it seemed as though Jon Hammar would have to remain in prison until a trial scheduled for Jan. 17. The Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhán, stated in a reply to Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s formal request to release the Marine that his crime was to significant to warrant early release.

Ros-Lehtinen responded swiftly by sending a letter directly to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto requesting his release on Dec. 17. Four days later, the Mexican government announced that Hammar would be released that evening after another trial cleared him of his crime.

Hammar-Mexico-NoQuarterUSA.netCongresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Mike Thompson stated that the former Marine had “worked tirelessly and fearlessly in your efforts to bring Jonny home. We can never repay you.”

Members of Congress added, “To the Marines and soldiers who prayed for us and repeatedly offered to physically go and get him out at any cost, this country is what it is today because of your courage and commitment. And finally to the press, you have probably played the most vital role in his release. Thank you for pursuing truth at all costs.”

Mexico frees former US soldier jailed over shotgun“:

“A former US marine, jailed in Mexico after illegally crossing the border with an antique shotgun, has been released, a Florida congresswoman said in a statement.”

An anonymous email account from Mexico sent Jon Hammar's family the above photo of the ex-Marine chained to a bed at CEDES prison in Matamoros, Mexico.

An anonymous email account from Mexico sent Jon Hammar’s family the above photo of the ex-Marine chained to a bed at CEDES prison in Matamoros, Mexico.

This photo came from the New York Daily News’s article, “Home for the holidays: Marine Jon Hammar released from prison in Mexico, and back on U.S. soil after illegal weapon charges are dropped.”

Read more at the New York Daily News.

The AFP wrote:

Jon Hammar, 27, a south Florida resident and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arrested after entering Mexico on his way to Costa Rico for a surfing vacation. In Mexico, shotguns are reserved for military use.

Sixty-eight US lawmakers, including Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from south Florida, wrote to Mexican authorities this week seeking information and calling for Hammar’s release.

Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement Friday that Hammar “has been released from Matamoros prison and is back safely in the United States.”

The New York Daily News added this description of the deplorable conditions in which Jon Hammar was held:

The chain of events at the border was almost “like a trap,” Hammar’s father, Jon Hammar Sr., told the News earlier this month.

Hammar, who spent four years in Afghanistan and Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was jailed in CEDES, a well-known lockup for criminals linked to Mexico’s violent drug cartels. His life has allegedly been threatened and his family says they received late night extortion calls to their home in Florida seeking thousands of dollars to keep the young man safe.

For his own protection, prison officials, with the help of U.S. consular officials, moved Hammar out of the prison’s general population. For a time, he was handcuffed to a bed because there were no cells available, a source said. (New York Daily News)

It is appalling that his family received extortion calls at their Florida home. I trust that Mr. Hammar will soon enjoy a normal life. He has been through an ordeal.

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  • Garookie

    Given Obama’s propensity for favouring one class of people over another, I think that this young man would have been released in two seconds if he had been Black and had never served one minute of his life in defense of his country.

  • HELENK2

    when the press brought this story to the public, then there was movement to get him free. Threatened boycott of Mexico tourism helped. Before that nothing. The state dept told his parents there was nothing they could do to get him free.
    backtrack was too busy golfing to be of any use.
    American citizens are on their own in a foreign country under this administration.

    • KenoshaMarge

      State Department too busy covering it’s ass about Benghazi. Which it did very well. No one lost their job or paid any penalty whatsoever for the deaths of 4 Americans. Must be great to work at state where there are no consequences for any part in the deaths of these people.

      Hey Hillary, great job!

      No One Loses Job Over Benghazi Security Lapses
      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/26/No-One-Loses-Job-Over-Benghazi-Security-Lapses

      Hillary said she took full responsibility for what happened. If there are NO consequences that’s meaningless.

  • bbf

    Finally some good news. Where was the State Department? How much US $$$$$ did we give to Mexico last year? How much is planned for this year?

  • elizabethrc

    This wonderful thing these congresspeople did. I hope the young man recovered both physically and emotionally from this awful experience in this backward country.
    Does anyone hear the resounding silence? Where was Obama on this? Did I miss something? What has he said about it?
    Typical.

    • getfitnow

      Where was Obama on this?
      ********************************8

      That One’s son wouldn’t look like Mr.Hammar. ”Nuf said.

  • Dave L.

    Mexico will always be a bastard stepchild to the US. It is a third world country run by totally corrupt people. The US taxpayers already support this worthless country. This is the country we should have invaded instead of Iraq ! Evry form of lowlife scum is allowed to cross the southern border with the US and our corrupt politicians just stand back and watch it happen daily.