Arizona mom who spent 9 days in Mexican jail still not in the clear
Bus surveillance video was Yanira's Maldonado's ticket out of her hellish nightmare in Mexico. When the judge saw the couple board the bus in the video, he threw the case out, at least for now.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Yanira Maldonado's story captured national headlines. And now new video shows why Mexico let her walk free. In the video, you see Yanira and her husband Gary board the bus. Together they carried 2 blankets, 2 bottles of water and a purse.
"It was quite a relief," said Gary. "It showed exactly what we'd been telling them the whole time."
All along Mexican prosecutors claimed Yanira smuggled 12 pounds of pot on board. But the video shows nothing in her hands but water. That evidence made Mexico's case come crumbling down.
"We didn't bring those drug packages with us," said Yanira. "It must have already been on the bus."
The couple tells 9OYS without these seconds of video, they fear she would have been locked up for at least a decade.
"In Mexico, you're guilty until proven innocent, and that's difficult to handle," said Gary.
"This is the worst nightmare I ever had in my whole life," said Yanira.
Two months after her nightmare, Maldonado continues to speak out, hoping it leads to change south of the border, in her native country, Mexico.
"It's difficult for me because I love Mexico and this experience opened my eyes," said Yanira.
And after spending 9 days in a Mexican jail, the truth is she didn't like what she saw.
"Do you plan to travel to Mexico anytime soon?" asked 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito. "No," replied Yanira.
And you can't blame her for saying no, especially when believe it or not, the case against her still isn't over. The Attorney General's office in Mexico appealed her release. The good news is she doesn't have to go gack for these proceedings. It could take months to clear her name.
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