For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Diaz urges the release of U.S. Marine Veteran Jon Hammar

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
At tomorrow's Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz will be presenting a resolution urging the United States Secretary of State to intervene in the release of United States Marine Veteran Jon Hammar from a Mexican prison, for bringing a 60 year old shotgun into the Country. On August 13, 27 year old Jon Hammar was arrested in Mexico for possession of a shotgun, which is restricted for use only by the Mexican military and anyone carrying one, under Mexican law faces charges of three to twelve years imprisonment. For the past four months, Hammar is being held in deplorable conditions, which includes being chained to a bed. This all happened when Hammar and a friend were traveling to Costa Rica for a surfing trip and had to cross the Mexican border.

“Miami native Jon Hammar does not deserve the treatment he is receiving in the Mexican prison,” said Commissioner Diaz, who served in the United States Marine Corps. “I am urging our Secretary of State and other federal agencies to expedite the process with the Mexican government so that we can get our Marine back to his loved ones.”

Family members and friends have started online petitions requesting the government bring the U.S. Marine home, on the White House page almost 18,000 people have signed the petition. Commissioner Diaz is joining Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Bill Nelson and other elected officials to bring Hammar home.

Hammar received an honorable discharge in 2007 and served another four years on inactive reserve.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.


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