Oh, this is righteous and terrific news. Remember Jean Anleu
, the mild-mannered, book-loving, code-writing geek who was jailed in May by the Guatemalan government over a single tweet he posted during that country's political crisis?
He's a free guy now. The case against him was thrown out today by a Guatemalan appeals court. He has been absolved of all charges.
Prensa Libre has a comprehensive article in Spanish here, and this link takes you to Spanish-language audio of the proceedings today.
Friends are still collecting funds to cover @jeanfer's sizeable legal bills. If you care to donate, you can do so to his friend Manolo's PayPal account (firstname.lastname@example.org, yes I have vetted it, and yes it's real).
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