Originally reported here
'He's free' Tamaulipas spokesman confirms
Mark Reagan and
Laura B. Martinez
The Brownsville Herald
The vice president of the Tamaulipas Chamber of
Commerce has confirmed that U.S Marine Jon Hammar is in the custody of
"He's free," Gerardo Danache Acevedo told The Brownsville Herald this afternoon.
Hammar has been jailed in Matamoros since August on a weapons charge.
It is unclear at what time Hammar will be released, but it will be sometime today.
Acevedo Danache said he had been
informed that a judge has signed Hammar's release papers from jail and
that he is expected to be escorted out of Matamoros sometime today.
Acevedo Danache earlier this month made a
telephone call to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto asking him to
pardon the veteran Marine.
“I really, really believe the media
played a big role in this. I am happy that this will happen because
there is no reason we should continue with this” Acevedo Danache said in
a telephone interview with The Brownsville Herald.
“I am very happy for him, for the family
and for us because that will show we can work together even if we have
different cultures. We have more important issues to deal with,” the
vice president said.
Hammar served in Fallujah, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged in 2007.