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Alcalde Association Upset Over 7th Court Adjournment

Rupert MylesThe Toledo Alcaldes Association has issued a release after the case of the Santa Cruz Villagers was adjourned yet again. Yesterday our Toledo correspondent Paul Mahung reported that defendants and their attorneys appeared in court before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith however the Director of Public Prosecution requested another adjournment.   In its release the TAA says the adjournment, which is the seventh requested by the prosecution and the ninth overall, puts the lives of the eleven families on hold and leaves them to bear the emotional and economic costs of a prolonged trial. They say the villagers have taken painstaking efforts to consistently present themselves at each trial date, while Rupert Myles who is the complainant, repeatedly failed to appear. The release calls upon the international community, especially the fifteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening this week in New York, to continue to follow the lives of Indigenous Maya leaders who defend their lands, waters and way of life. The case was adjourned until June 27.