Andrew Tahmooressi jailed in Mexico: Aunt attends rally in Phoenix calling for nephew's release

PHOENIX - The aunt of a United States Marine jailed in Mexico attended a rally Saturday calling for his release.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, has been jailed in Mexico for two months after allegedly making a wrong-turn leading him to the border, rather than back to San Diego.

Andrew's Aunt, Beth Whitney, along with friends, held signs and spoke with the media near the offices of Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake near 24th Street and Camelback Road.

Whitney said she's hoping that the Arizona senators, and President Obama, will help secure the release of her nephew.

"If someone would just step up, please help bring Andrew home," said Whitney.

The U.S. Marine was recently moved into a new facility after allegations surfaced that guards had beaten him and tied his hands to the bedposts.

"My sister (Andrew's mom) has stepped up and become a relentless crusader for [Andrew's] freedom," said Whitney.

Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon met with Sgt. Tahmooressi Saturday and said the marine "seems comfortable with his new attorney and is hopeful that he will have a successful hearing where his story will be fully explained," according to a released statement.

Rallies were also held in San Diego, Tijuana, Miami, Dallas and Houston.


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