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Family wants release of US woman held in Mexico

November 26, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a U.S. woman who leads a vigilante police force in Mexico is pushing for her to be released after three months in custody on kidnapping allegations.

Supporters of Nestora Salgado, a U.S. citizen from the Seattle area, say the charges are trumped up. The International Human Rights Clinic at Seattle University School of Law on Monday petitioned the United Nations for her release

Salgado was arrested Aug. 21 in the state of Guerrero, south of Mexico City, where she had been leading a vigilante group targeting police corruption and drug cartel violence.

Under state law, indigenous communities such as her hometown of Olinala are allowed to form such forces.

Salgado has been accused of kidnapping in connection with the arrest of several teenage girls on suspicion of drug dealing, and of a town official for allegedly trying to steal a cow.

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