Appeal of Thunder
Two jailed environmental activists in Mexico, Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera, have been granted an appeal, their lawyers said last week. The activists, who led peasant farmers to protest against rampant logging in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero, have been sentenced to seven and 10 years in prison, respectively, for drug and weapons charges. Supporters say the two were tortured into confessing to the charges, and the case has provoked an international outcry. Mexican President Vicente Fox earlier this year ordered a review of the case shortly after he took office.