An American is being held in Mexico without cause. And it's unclear what the U.S. government is doing to get him out.
Andrew Tahmooressi is Innocent
- Tahmooressi has been held in a Mexican jail since March 31 after
accidentally making a wrong turn into Mexico with three guns in his
Tahmooressi has said he was beaten and chained to a bed
by Mexican guards in jail, but told Van Susteren that since then,
conditions in the prison have significantly improved.
are friendly and I have everything I need and I’m taken care of pretty
well,” he said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
said he is “very lonely,” but is keeping busy by exercising, reading
and praying. He also said he gets to make phone calls in the morning and
- For more than a month, a U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war
veteran has been held in a Tijuana, Mexico, prison, fighting for his
release after being charged with a crime he says he did not commit. Sgt.
Andrew Tahmooressi said he accidentally crossed into Mexico around 10
p.m. on March 31 with three personal firearms while on his way to meet
friends in San Ysidro, California.
- Tahmooressi, 25, had recently moved to the area to get
treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder and was "essentially
living out of his truck," his mother, Jill, told CNN.
- He is currently being held in the La Mesa penitentiary in
Tijuana on a weapons charge and awaits a May 28 court date, according to
the Mexican attorney general's office.
- "I accidentally drove into Mexico with 3 guns ... a rifle
(AR-15), a .45 cal pistol and a 12 gauge pump shotgun with no intensions
(sic) on being in Mexico or being involved in any criminal activities,"
Tahmooressi wrote in a statement of innocence to U.S. Rep. Duncan
Hunter. "I have rights to all 3 weapons. They are under my name ...
Please help me." (source)