Pablo Ibar, imprisoned in the US since 1994 for a triple murder of which he pleads not guilty, is encouraged by the possibility of holding a new trial – the fourth, since he was arrested. The father of the Hispanic-American inmate of Basque origin, Cándido; the wife of the inmate, Tanya, and the president of the Association against the Death Penalty Pablo Ibar, Andrés Krakenberger, explained this Monday in Vitoria that he has already recovered from the “tremendous stick” that his life sentence entailed in 2019 before the possibility that the court will accept your appeal for another hearing. Tanya and the two children she has in common with the prisoner have come to Euskadi to visit Pablo’s family.
“Losing his mind (in 2019) was a tremendous stick, but Pablo has known how to move forward, be positive and rebuild his morale,” said his wife this Monday in Vitoria. “Now she is in a reasonably good mood within the tremendous injustice” she has suffered, added Tanya, who also stated that she would have liked to make this trip to the Basque Country with him to learn about her husband’s roots in his company. Ibar, 49, has spent more than half his life behind bars, and several of those years on death row. He has already been tried three times for the deaths of Casimir Sucharski, Marie Rogers and Sharon Anderson, which occurred on June 26, 1994 in a house in Miramar (southeast Florida) at the hands of two thieves who entered to rob. The first trial was declared void because the jury did not reach a unanimous verdict; in the second he was sentenced to death, although later the process was annulled because the evidence was “scarce and weak”, and in the third, in 2019, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, Krakenberger recalled.
Ibar’s defense has filed an appeal for a new trial in Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeals, but the decision could be delayed for a year. Now a period is open for the Prosecutor’s Office to present allegations and, later, there will be another period for the defense to contest the arguments of the accusation. On this appeal, Krakenberger has defended the “devastating arguments” of the defense in which “foul play” and the “irregularities” of the Prosecutor’s Office are denounced during the last trial. “We have strong arguments” to achieve a new trial, although to face it a new fundraising will be necessary, since the previous process cost more than a million dollars and presenting the latest appeal has already involved another 250,000.
There are two ways to support Pablo, the spokesperson added: writing letters to the prison – because that “keeps him busy and feels supported” – and contributing money for his defense through the website of the Association against the Death Penalty. named after him, which is preparing a “more powerful” fundraising campaign. Cándido Ibar has confirmed that his son feels “encouraged and happy”, beyond an arm injury that underwent surgery three weeks ago. “He is a strong boy and thinking that he believes in him helps him,” he assured. Along the same lines, his wife has said that Pablo “continues to fight and is encouraged” and that she is looking forward to winning the appeal and the subsequent trial so that she can have him at home.