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January 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Mexican governor: Jailed Renton woman should be freed

Before her imprisonment, Nestora Salgado speaks to community members at a gathering in Olinalá , in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.  (Courtesy of Salgado family)

Before her imprisonment, Nestora Salgado speaks to community members at a gathering in Olinalá, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. (Courtesy of Salgado family)

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The governor of the southern Mexico state of Guerrero has asked prosecutors to drop charges against a Renton woman who returned to her hometown in Mexico to lead a vigilante movement.

The move by Gov. Rogelio Ortega could eventually free Nestora Salgado, who was arrested in August 2013 on kidnapping charges.

Salgado is a U.S. citizen.

Ortega said Thursday that prosecutors have the final say on dropping charges. Ortega said his government “does not attack social struggles or movements.”

Salgado led a vigilante group in the town of Olinala targeting police corruption and drug-cartel violence. Some people accused the group of kidnapping them.

Guerrero state law allows some towns to form community police forces.

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