Earlier today, a Mexican judge convicted Brenda Martin, a Canadian woman, guilty of money laundering. What makes this judgment so special is that it was made without any evidence at all of the defendant, Brenda Martin’s, guilt. The only link between Ms. Martin and the $60 million internet fraud scheme she was convicted of being a part of is that she worked for a person who was convicted of said scheme. This person, who was convicted in 2006, claims that Ms. Martin had no knowledge of the scheme at all.
Let me repeat this: there is no evidence at all that Brenda Martin was guilty of any crime.
You see, when you are arrested in Mexico, you are considered guilty until you can prove yourself innocent. There is no such thing as being “tried by your peers” in an open court.
Brenda Martin had to wait in a Guadalajara jail for over two years to hear this verdict. Yes, not only was she convicted of a crime without any evidence at all, she has also already languished in prison for over two years…sitting in prison, depressed, heavily sedated to keep her calm, and on a 24-hour suicide watch.
I just came back from a trip to Mexico a month ago. If this is how foreign citizens can expect to be treated by the Mexican government, then to hell with Mexico! I will not go back there unless Brenda Martin receives justice and the judge responsible for all this is punished.
I urge the rest of you to reconsider vacationing in Mexico.