Jailed Marine chained to bed in Mexican prison
Jon Hammar's mother reacts to shocking photo
- Duration 4:57
- Date Dec 18, 2012
Jon Hammar's mother reacts to shocking photo
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Some friends and everywhere else on the channel now we've been covering the story of marine veteran John hammer jailed in Mexico for months have just being into his mom and on the show yesterday she received this picture.
Showing -- chain to a bad yes her son as we reported he's being held on trumped up charges in.
In August he registered an -- firearm with the US customs then cross the border to check in with Mexican officials.
He was taking the gun to -- real -- to Costa Rica on surfing trip and -- hunting trip officials arrested him and the Obama administration.
Has been unable to get him released are they really trying treating us right now with new information.
We just got this morning.
Is Olivia -- Olivia -- as a as a mom this must be.
The extremely tough for you what's the new information.
Well we just received -- A letter yesterday after I did the show yesterday -- -- first -- -- that picture from an anonymous.
Email in Mexico and then we also at the same time received any an email from the Mexican ambassador there had been written to Elian Ross -- -- -- congresswoman.
There was basically a complete.
Defense and -- an attempt at a justification.
I here's -- the State Department saying you now here's an excerpt from it.
Mexico has stringent weapons laws -- -- forces them strictly a really.
US citizens are arrested each year under similar circumstances.
US embassy -- visit provide a list of attorneys and monitor the progress of their case John's case is proceeding to the next see injustice system.
-- does that make you feel better.
And it's it's devastating incident it's basically no.
Help at all and a one thing in that letter I I didn't open that letter until this morning.
It is the date specifically state that he com.
It's being changed because.
Of his military experience so for the people that have been asking me you know why do you think he's changed and changed and and now we know.
What do you say the State Department now after getting that letter essentially taking the side of Mexico and there strict gun laws.
I just I can't get over at an -- you know at at the heart of all of this you know in the letter from the ambassador to the congresswoman.
You know he states that.
That you know all firearms are legal in Mexico which isn't true hunters take weapons into Mexico.
All the time Johnny made an an administrative.
He didn't register.
He should've registered the gun at an embassy in the United States before going over there so basically he's been.
In jail for four months chain to a bed over a clerical error.
And his buddy was released correct.
And right filled in -- tragedy you you got to get home by Christmas he should have been home months ago.
What are your options have you display have you spoken to and its initial attorney.
We have an international attorney working on our behalf but so far Mexican -- Mexico has not offered anything.
And so the chances of him coming home for Christmas.
Are not looking good at this point.
And you would think the State Department would be just as outraged as you are instead of trying to justify it.
When you see that picture that came to -- yesterday.
What do you think.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He looked so hopeless and I you know as a mother to see your child look like that and not be able to help them.
This just -- it feels obscene.
When -- show you pictured out the new president Mexico.
You'd think -- value relations with the US and understand what -- -- -- Marines mean to us.
What do you say to him as you look at Enrique -- and a -- -- Examine this -- if this is wrong.
And do the right thing he should be released immediately this was an administrative.
-- -- mistake.
He is not big gun Reiner and you know it.
-- release -- you know you never a former marine we hear that all the time.
Is a marine is in trouble Marines across this country.
They should be comment contacting their congressmen and women.
Contacting this editor -- the White House no this cannot stand and it's good that they had to get an answer to this before Christmas.
They get your son home Marines always and they are tight unit.
They should rally to your side right now.
I hope you feel that I have felt this along the way for from here on in.
They have to rally to your side.
Thank you so much Brian.
Well -- -- stay on this in Libya let us know what happens because nothing can stop a marine who's motivated.
And this I hope his call to action.
Thank you so much -- -- thanks -- Hammett we'll we'll stay on this.