In August 2011, American citizen (and former Tacoma resident) Jason Puracal was convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime. I am deeply concerned about the clear flaws in the prosecution of Jason’s case and his deteriorating condition. I am not the only one paying attention. Jason’s situation has generated increasing international attention, including a report by the United Nations, a congressional letter to President Daniel Ortega from a group of 43 lawmakers and a petition made up of hundreds of family and friends in the United States.
My heart goes out to Jason’s family as we continue to fight for him to get a chance at a fair trial. Continued vigilance for respect of international law in Jason’s case and awareness of Jason’s circumstances are vital as we urge the Nicaraguans to reach a just resolution. Unfortunately, Jason’s appeal has faced continual delays and I would urge Nicaraguan authorities to ensure his appeal is heard in an impartial manner. Despite the injustice of Jason’s original trial, I am hopeful that a fair ruling can be achieved in his appeal.
U.S. Representative Adam Smith