07/18/18 The New York Times
The lawyer for a self-defense movement leader in Mexico is hailing his client’s acquittal on charges of illegal weapons possession.
Attorney Ignacio Mendoza says the court ruling in favor of Jose Manuel Mireles is confirmation that the government acted irresponsibly.
Mendoza said Wednesday that the government acted “without shame” when it gave weapons to self-defense militias and then arrested them.
Mireles is a founder and leader of a civilian militia that formed in 2013 in the western state of Michoacan to oppose the Knights Templar drug cartel.