Friday, January 13, 2006

Update on the case of Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss

This update on Vivian Pettyjohn’s heartbreaking story of the two humanitarian aid workers arrested in Arizona while working for the faith-based organization No More Deaths has just come in via the folks at ePluribus Media .

On January 12th, just before 5pm federal magistrate Bernardo Velasco announced that he is recommending to deny the motion to dismiss charges against indicted humanitarians Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss. No More Deaths has released the following statement:

“We’ve just received information that the magistrate judge is recommending to deny the motion to dismiss charges. We are confident that we will prevail at trial and we are calling on our community to come together to support Shanti and Daniel and the principle that humanitarian aid is never a crime.”

The case would possibly go to trial sometime in February. We should keep an eye on this case and put as much pressure on our public officials as possible to take some action against this miscarriage of justice.

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