Freed from Nicaraguan prison, Jason Puracal tells his story
(Oct. 16, 2012) Jason Puracal, who was freed after spending two years in a Nicaraguan prison, will tell his story at Seattle University School of Law Monday, Oct. 22, at noon in room C-5 of Sullivan Hall. Puracal's sister Janis, a 2007 graduate of Seattle University School of Law who devoted herself to representing and freeing her brother, will join him.
Jason Puracal was wrongfully convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking despite conclusive evidence of his innocence. The trial proceedings were rife with violations of Nicaraguan and international law, and he suffered abuses of basic human rights during his detention.
Now that he is finally home and reunited with his family, he will speak about the pervasive criminal justice problems in Nicaragua and urge institutional and legal reform in that country.
The School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic is currently advising Puracal on international legal strategies for redress. That effort is led by Professor Tom Antkowiak, who teaches the clinic and directs the law school's Latin America Program.
Media contact: Katherine Hedland Hansen, 206-398-4108.