State apologizes to wrongfully convicted woman

Fifteen years ago, Alba Lucía Rodríguez was convicted of a crime she did not commit and sentenced to 42 years and ten months in prison. Yesterday Colombia’s Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa, apologized to Rodríguez on behalf of the State during a ceremony in Abejorral, in eastern Antioquia.

Correa publicly acknowledged Rodriguez’ innocence and admitted that the judicial system failed to protect her rights when it convicted her of infant homicide after the death of her baby during childbirth. In an emotional letter read to the public by a niece, Rodríguez thanked those who supported and believed in her enough to have her case revisited and her conviction overturned.

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