Free Taita Juan Update - Taita Juan Free!
It is with great joy in our hearts that we write to update our community with news that the criminal charges against Taita Juan have been dropped as of today, November 16, 2010. At some point within the next couple of days, the court will begin the process of transferring Taita Juan out of prison and into the immigration authorities who will make arrangements for his return to Colombia. We will have more details by the end of today, in the meantime thank you again for keeping this prayer alive and strong. We did it!
[From Free Taita Juan]
In a wonderful example of triumph over tyranny, news that Taita Juan Agreda Chindoy had charges against him dropped on November the 16th, and will soon be returned to Colombia, possibly as early as this weekend.
I spoke with Taita Juan's apprentice Selina by telephone in California last week, in the hope of presenting that interview here, but significant technological difficulties have made that alas impossible. She was unable to speak in detail of the legal situation, but we hoped to speak again this week with what she intimated may be hopeful news. This is obviously the best possible outcome in a ludicrous miscarriage of justice.
Selina spoke of the gratitude felt for the community about the world who's support had bouyed spirits and defence funds, but also of the fact that this had been a humbling experience for all involved. Whilst she granted that there was indeed a greater purpose to the situation in which Taita Juan and his supporters had found themselves embroiled, we did also speak at some length about the terrible imposition of incarceration upon a man with such freedom of spirit as Taita Juan. I learned, for example, in the conversation that the rules of the US Federal prisons meant that only immediate family are permitted to visit, and that Taita Juan had therefore had been unable to receive any physical visitations during his time incarcerated.
Colombian radio station Caracol reports that Taita Juan's wife is, understandably, overjoyed at the news
El taita Agreda regresara a su hogar en el municipio de Sibundoy Putumayo, este fin de semana según lo señalado por su esposa María del Carmen Chicunque, quien mostro su alegría por la liberación de su esposo.
more information [in English], is provided here;
Federal authorities have dismissed charges against a Colombian medicine man detained at a Houston airport with vials of a potent hallucinogen.
Angela Dodge, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, said Tuesday that the felony charge against Juan Agreda-Chindoy, 42, was dismissed "in the interest of justice."
I hope to speak with Selina again, to gain her's and Taita Juan's perspective of the ordeal post facto.
Let us continue to offer our energies to the changing of these repressive legislations that prohibit the pursuit of our chosen spiritual paths, in the hope that one day people may be afforded the opportunity to sit down in ceremony with these Sacred Medicines and the keepers of the traditions thereof, in peace, liberty and harmony.