Monday hearing for US Marine jailed in Mexico

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Updated: 8/04 11:24 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A hearing is scheduled Monday in Tijuana for a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's lawyer will have a chance at Monday's hearing to question Mexican officials who detained Tahmooressi.

The veteran of two tours of Afghanistan who is now in the reserves was arrested at the San Diego-Mexico border checkpoint on April 1. Mexican officials say they found a rifle, shotgun, pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck.

The 26-year-old Tahmooressi told authorities he accidentally entered Mexico when he made a wrong turn at the border crossing.

While he remains in jail, more than 130,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website demanding his release.

 

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