Authorities release former radio director accused of terrorism and sabotage
According to an article published by Andes, a state-owned news agency, judge María Cristina Narváez, of the Pichincha Provincial Court of Justice, accepted the writ of habeas corpus in favor of Acacho and indigenous leaders Pedro Masiant and Fidel Kaniras. The judge decided that the preventive prison sentence they were facing was "illegal" and ordered their immediate release.
After his release, Acacho told the media that the three men "walked out through the same door through which they walked in, upholding the honor and dignity of the Shuar nation and the Ecuadorian people".
"We will continue to express ourselves freely, we will continue to think as free people with the energy, courage and bravery of our God Arutam," Acacho said.
The acting judge of the Macas Court of Justice had issued the preventive prison sentence against Acacho and the two indigenous leaders, suspected of alleged sabotage, murder and terrorism in connection with a 30 September 2009 uprising in the Ecuadorian Amazon which had resulted in the death of a teacher, Bosco Wisum.