Free Scott McMahon: Innocent American Imprisoned in the Philippines
My son, Scott McMahon, is a United States citizen from Seattle who has been wrongfully imprisoned in the Philippines without being convicted of any crime for almost 4 years. Scott is a victim of retaliation and attempted blackmail and the U.S. government must bring him home.
Scott was falsely accused of sexual assault by a woman who, shortly after Scott’s arrest, offered to drop the charges in exchange for $125,000 and for Scott withdrawing an unrelated case against her that he filed first. Scott repeatedly rejected her attempt at blackmail but his accuser continued to make offers.
Scott is being accused of a horrible crime but the accusations are nothing more than an attempt to blackmail and retaliate against him. Scott has several witnesses that place him on a family vacation with his children and their mother in a different city, 10 hours away from the scene of the alleged crime. And there is no evidence that his accuser was ever raped or had any sexual contact with Scott whatsoever.
It’s time for the US government to step in and help Scott. Please sign my petition asking Secretary John Kerry to bring Scott home.
It hurts to know that my son is separated from his two children, and their mother, Marnelli, a Filipino woman whom Scott had hoped to one day marry. Scott is supported by Human Rights Watch and represented by The David House Agency and their affiliates at The California Innocence Project and Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Yet despite the weight of evidence supporting he did not commit this crime, Scott has been held without bail since his arrest on April 7, 2011.
The deplorable conditions within the prison have deteriorated Scott’s mental and physical health. Without being convicted of any crime, Scott is housed in a maximum security section of a prison that is only 880 square feet, yet it houses up to 250 prisoners. Scott’s cell has only 1 toilet for approximately 50 inmates.
The prison system does not provide even basic hygiene necessities like soap or any medical treatment without a court order (which is rare), and as a result the prison population as a whole suffers from highly preventable illnesses, such as tuberculosis. During the time Scott has been detained, he has witnessed numerous inmates die from these and other conditions.
This has gone long enough. Please sign this petition for Secretary Kerry and officials in the Philippines to bring Scott home to his family.
Please join our fight to Bring Scott Home. For more information and to donate, please visit www.freescottmcmahon.com.
- United States Secretary of State
- United States Secretary of State
John Kerry (United States Secretary of State)
- The Philippines Secretary of Justice
Leila de Lima
- US Secretary of State,
I am writing this letter to convey my serious concern regarding the wrongful imprisonment and continued detention of an American citizen, Scott McMahon.
Despite the weight of evidence supporting his innocence, Scott has been held without bail since his arrest on April 7, 2011, separated from his two children, and their mother, Marnelli. The deplorable conditions within the maximum security prison have deteriorated Scott’s mental and physical health.
This case sets a dangerous precedent for all foreigners traveling, working, and retiring abroad. If it is this easy to label a case “a rape case” even when there is evidence that Scott was far from the scene of the alleged rape at the time it supposedly occurred, there is great risk to all of us who travel outside the U.S.
Scott has lost everything - his family, business, and reputation - while he awaits justice that has long been delayed. Scott is a father of two young children, a brother, and a fellow American. I stand united with his family until Scott receives a fair, timely, and legitimate trial.
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