Tahmooressi back to jail
A Mexican judge has ordered Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (USMCR) back to jail after his first full court appearance Wednesday, more than three months after Mexican border police arrested him for entering the country with “military-grade” firearms.
Tahmooressi, a combat veteran in San Diego to recover from PTSD, missed his turn and wound up crossing the Mexican border. Living in his truck, he had all his possessions with him, including three legally purchased and registered guns.
The 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan was finally able to tell his story to a judge, after his case had been delayed by both Mexico’s unpredictable legal system and his own trouble settling on a lawyer. It was not immediately clear what Tahmooressi said at the evidentiary hearing, which was closed to the public. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for August 4.
Despite the judge’s ruling, Tahmooressi’s attorney, Fernando Benitez, told reporters that he was confident that the Marine’s case was on the right track. Benitez said that his client’s statement to the judge was “sound and made perfect sense,” and claimed that irregularities with Tahmooressi’s detention were grounds for dismissal of the case. The attorney said that his client was not provided with consular services for nearly eight hours after he was detained, nor did he have access to an adequate translator.
In addition, Benitez said that the order to search Tahmooressi’s vehicle was dated March 28, three days before the Marine crossed the border.