Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Canadian woman facing long sentence in Gaddafi smuggling case will stay in jail
Chetumal, Quintana Roo --
The Canadian woman accused of being the brains behind a conspiracy to smuggle a son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi into Mexico must remain in jail, according to a Canadian news blog which is monitoring events closely.
In a June 1 story, La politica es la politica ("Politics are Politics") reported that on May 24, a Mexican judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against the woman. (The private trials of Cynthia Vanier).
MGRR has also reported on this case extensively, which unfolded in 2011 and has caused tensions between the two nations. Cynthia Ann Vanier appeared in court in this Caribbean coast city on Feb. 3 to enter a not guilty plea to the allegations. Vanier, a Mount Forest, Ontario native, was arrested in Mexico City in November. She and alleged co-conspirators face multiple charges, including the possession of false documents, human trafficking and organized crime activity. Federal prosecutors claim they tried to establish Saadi Gaddafi and members of his family in Mexico after the collapse of the besieged Libyan regime, by purchasing expensive properties in Mexico City, and near the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
Ms. Vanier has firmly denied the charges, all of which carry heavy penalties. A Mexican judge completed a preliminary review of the case and found sufficient evidence for a trial on Jan. 31. As a result of the latest court ruling reported last week by La Politica, Vanier will have to remain in jail until the legal process is completed.
Vanier claims that she has been "physically, mentally and emotionally" abused by prison authorities while in custody in a remote penal facility near the country's border with Belize. Bail is not permitted for the offenses under Mexico's criminal code.
Saadi Gaddafi never made it to Mexico. He fled Libya when the family regime collapsed and was later detained in Niger, where he remains. Saadi was a prominent businessman in the country during his father's 42 year reign. He also controlled military units during last year's popular uprising, which resulted in his father's capture and execution in October.
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