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Though it has received praise from human rights groups and audiences, the documentary Presunto Culpable (Presumed Guilty) has been pulled from Mexican theaters. The film offers a look at the Mexican judicial system that sends a man to prison with little evidence at its disposal. The film’s slogan “In Mexico, being innocent is not enough to be free” highlights the story of Antonio, a 26-year-old man sentenced to 20 years in prison for a killing that took place over a mile from where dozens of witnesses were watching him work.
According to Judge Blanca Lobo, who ordered theaters to stop showing the documentary, producers violated the Mexican laws by allowing remarks from an attorney who reportedly had not given his consent to the interview. Today, Margarita Luna Ramos, president of the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN), dedicated the International Women’s Day to Judge Lobo and praised her for promoting respect for the constitutional right to privacy. She also rejected accusations that Mexican judicial authorities were censoring the film for exposing the reality of the system.