Background of case here and here.
Full story here. Excerpt below:
LOS ANGELES, CA – More than 80,000 people have joined a powerful new campaign on Change.org calling for the release of Jason Puracal, an American citizen allegedly sentenced to 22 years by Nicaraguan authorities on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. The California Innocence Project, multiple members of Congress, a former Canadian Minister of Justice, and a former FBI Agent are among the names and organizations who believe Puracal is innocent and have asked the U.S. State Department to intervene in the case.
The explosive petition was launched last month by former DEA Director Tom Cash and Eric Volz, the man who, after being wrongfully convicted of murder in 2007, spent 14 months in the Nicaraguan prison where Jason is now incarcerated. Eric is now is the managing director of The David House Agency, an international crisis resource organization that provides services to Americans facing complex legal and political situations abroad.
“I know what it’s like to be wrongfully convicted in Nicaragua and I know what it’s going to take to get Jason freed,” said Eric after launching the campaign on Change.org. “Jason is literally fighting for his life in one of the world’s most dangerous prisons. His life is in jeopardy every day that the U.S. government doesn’t intervene in this egregious violation of human rights.