Detained Student Activist Released!
Mexican prisoner of conscience Ildefonso Zamora was released on 12 August after almost nine months in jail. The local judge presiding over the case complied with a federal judge decision to release Ildefonso Zamora due to lack of evidence that he had been involved in a robbery.
Kostyantyn Beskorovaynyi returned home on 25 February, having spent 15 months in secret detention. In July, Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor promised an effective investigation into Kostyantyn Beskorovaynyi’s allegations of enforced disappearance and torture by members of the Security Service of Ukraine. Kostyantyn Beskorovaynyi has since given media interviews about his ordeal.
Turkish academics Muzaffer Kaya, Esra Mungan, Kıvanç Ersoy and Meral Camcı were released from pre-trial detention on 22 April. The prosecution against them for ‘‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’’ following their support to a peace appeal has stopped but they have not been acquitted.
Syrian refugee M.K., who had been arbitrarily detained at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport since 9 November 2015, was released on 29 March. He is required to go to the central Anatolian province of Aksaray to await a decision on his international protection application. He will not be detained while awaiting the decision.