U.S. Marine railroaded by Mexico not at hearing featuring 100 hours of video

Sgt. Tahmooressi with fellow U.S. Marines

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (3rd from right, back row) is shown here with his fellow Marines. [Snip from family website http://www.freetahmooressi.com/]

On Tuesday during a hearing featuring excerpts from more than 100 hours of videotape of his arrest, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was not present.

Tahmooressi’s mother Jill, who has been her son’s fiercest advocate, said the day was “bittersweet…with a mixup and misunderstanding whether Andrew would be present at the hearing.”

He wasn’t. 

According to a post on the family’s official Facebook page, the hearing proceeded “as expected.” Mrs. Tahmooressi wrote, “108 hours of 18 camera views successfully fast forwarded to critical times and viewed by all parties.”

The hearing lasted 8 hours.

The Marine’s mother was asked not to be in the courtroom “due to space constraints.” But she said the footage “coincided with Andrew’s truthful and forthcoming statements at the border.”

Thus far, none of the footage has been released to the public. Fox News said more hearings are likely.

Greta van Susteren has led with coverage of Tahmooressi’s case from the beginning. Fernando Benitez, Tahmooressi’s attorney, talked again with van Susteren early Tuesday before the hearings. According to Fox, when he was detained, Tahmooressi “was composed and open with customs agents and could have fled, if he had wanted.”

Mexico and the UN Human Rights Council constantly badger the United States about treatment of foreign nationals who cross the U.S. border illegally. Neither has been particularly concerned about treatment of a U.S. Marine who was injured in the line of duty and has been in a Mexican jail since March because he became confused by signage at the border checkpoint. The signage has been changed since Tahmooressi’s arrest.

In the U.S., current policy even requires showing foreign nationals videos explaining their legal rights, and U.S. taxpayers often foot bills for aliens’ legal fees such as the young adults who recently breached the border in large numbers because of rumors about amnesty.

President Barack Obama’s administration has largely been mum about Tahmooressi’s detention and treatment.

The family maintains an official website with links to relevant support pages and articles about the case.

Supporters have urged Congress to pass H. Res. 620 calling for the Marine’s immediate release.

Featured Photo: Snip from the family website freetahmooressi.com dedicated to advocacy for Sgt. Tahmooressi shown standing, third from right.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Sept. 10, 2014)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.

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