Update December 21, 2012 9:31 AM EST: From Fox News, "Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, Fox News confirms."
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Former Marine Jon Hammar is facing fifteen years in a Mexican jail for bringing an antique gun with papers into Mexico. His parents are desperate to get him out before he is killed.
Jon Hammar came back from Fallujah searching for peace from the horrors of war and found it in surfing. It was that love of the surf that brought him to Mexico with his great-grandfather’s antique rifle, a glorified BB gun. He had papers for the gun and it is not the type of gun that violates Mexican law.
It didn’t matter to the Mexican authorities who lodged serious gun charges against him.
Hammar is currently chained to a bed in a Mexican prison controlled by the vicious Zeta cartel. When he first arrived at the prison and was placed in the general population, his parents received calls from extortionists demanding money for their son’s safety. U.S. diplomats intervened and he was moved into solitary confinement. The threats stopped but he remains in imminent danger.
The Hammars reached out to Washington, but met with resistance.
“The response from everyone is Mexico is a sovereign nation, and, you know, we can’t force them to do anything, which we know, but this is an outrage,” Olivia Hammar said.
His case has the attention, not of U.S. diplomats, but of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Hammars’ local representative who has vowed to help. (Full article at The Independent Sentinel here)
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