Mother Says US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Despondent in Mexican Jail

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 06:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The heartsick mother of a U.S. Marine sergeant locked in a decrepit Mexican jail for allegedly crossing the border by mistake says her son is despondent after a failed court bid to gain his freedom.

On the Tuesday edition of the "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Jill Tahmooressi revealed disturbing details about last week's hearing for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

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"It was a seven-hour, grueling hearing [in] the most barbaric of conditions, if you can imagine — a 10-by8-foot room, and he's in a cage with bars,'' Jill Tahmooressi said.

"Yet somehow they managed [to fit in] 12 people standing up in coats and ties . . . It was just something out of 'The Twilight Zone.'''

Tahmooressi said she was barred from sitting in, even though the proceeding was supposed to be conducted in public.

"[Andrew] was highly despondent . . . I immediately asked for his pastor to visit him the next day and the State Department to visit him because I was very worried for his well-being,'' she said.

The Marine has been locked away for more than three months on weapons charges after crossing the border with three firearms he legally owns in the United States.

He said he took a wrong turn and was funneled into a lane that took him to the border with no way to turn around.

The soldier, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his tours of duty in the military, is now relying on his faith in God to keep him strong, Jill Tahmooressi said.

"[He is] optimistic about the Aug. 4 evidentiary hearing, which we hope to God will be the second and the last one,'' she said.

"We need to get him home . . . Mexico is not equipped to take care of combat-related PTSD.''

The defense is planning to accuse the government of violating Tahmooressi's human rights. The U.S. government has made inquiries into the case, but to no avail.

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