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Traspasa los Muros (Beyond the Walls), Lazos de Dignidad (Links of Dignity), The International Forum of Denmark, the International Network in Solidarity with the Political Prisoners, the National Lawyers Guild announce:

We received news this afternoon a phone call from the Political Prisoner of Conscience LILIANY PATRICIA OBANDO VILLOTA, informing us that the Superior Court of the Judicial District of Bogotá--Criminal Chamber, resolved to REVOKE the order of first instance by which the 9th Circuit Specialized Judge of Bogotá had denied her liberty.

As a consequence, the court ordered the immediate liberty of LILIANY PATRICIA OBANDO VILLOTA in consideration that her case had exceeded the limits of the criminal case.

We emphasize that LILIANY PATRICIA OBANDO VILLOTA is a defender of human rights in Colombia and that she has been in custody since August 8, 2008, held in limbo in a trial process with no seeming end that by virtue of this fact became itself a sentence, with her endruing three hard years and seven months detained in an arbitrary manner.

We solicit that the Colombian state guarantee her personal integrity and safety as well as that of her family now that she has been set at liberty.

We thank the international community for their accompaniment and we ask that they maintain solidarity and continue with watchful eyes concerning the case of LILIANY PATRICIA OBANDO VILLOTA, since her well-being remains at risk.  We receive the news of her freedom with much happiness and we ask that it be shared widely.

We will continue struggling for the freedom of all the political prisoners of Colombia.

Greetings and solidarity.



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