On Friday, a federal judge in Mexico ruled former Marine Andrew Tahmooressi released so that he can be treated for post traumatic stress disorder related to his service in Afghanistan.
Tahmooressi was arrested March 31 at the United States – Mexico border on a weapons charge. Â Somehow he ended up in the wrong lane headed to Mexico and only wanted to go home.
Since that time, a number of American lawmakers past and present have been working for Tahmooressi’s release including former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, and Senator John McCain. Â The House of Representatives returned from recess at one point to urge Mexico and the Obama Administration to release Tahmooressi as his entry to Mexico with weapons was not intentional. Â Both governments refused to do so.
News that Tahmooressi was to be released was met with considerable joy from family and friends.
â€œIt is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican jail,â€ his family said in a statement.
Arrested for being in the wrong lane.