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Supporters of US vigilante leader jailed in Mexico deny accusations, call for her release

FILE - This 2009 file family photo provided by Grisel Rodriguez shows Nestora Salgado, who has been detained since she was arrested Aug. 21, 2013 in the state of Guerrero, south of Mexico City, where she had been leading a vigilante group targeting police corruption and drug cartel violence. Supporters of the jailed vigilante leader who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship said Tuesday Jan. 201, 2015, that initially Nestora Salgado rose up like any other private citizen against the criminality she saw in their town of Olinala. But she distinguished herself through her bravery and was eventually elected as a commander by an assembly of community police members. (AP Photo/Grisel Rodriguez, File)

FILE - This 2009 file family photo provided by Grisel Rodriguez shows Nestora Salgado, who has been detained since she was arrested Aug. 21, 2013 in the state of Guerrero, south of Mexico City, where she had been leading a vigilante group targeting police corruption and drug cartel violence. Supporters of the jailed vigilante leader who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship said Tuesday Jan. 201, 2015, that initially Nestora Salgado rose up like any other private citizen against the criminality she saw in their town of Olinala. But she distinguished herself through her bravery and was eventually elected as a commander by an assembly of community police members. (AP Photo/Grisel Rodriguez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Relatives and supporters of a jailed vigilante leader who holds dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship say she and her community police force never demanded bail for or mistreated the prisoners in their care.

Nestora Salgado, a resident of the Seattle suburb of Renton, was arrested in August 2013 after people detained by her community police force in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero said they had been kidnapped. A federal judge in 2014 cleared Salgado of those charges, but related state charges have kept her locked up.

Salgado's fellow commanders said Tuesday during a news conference in Mexico City that they never demanded bail money, which her accusers called ransom. They said many of those the force detained were youths held at the request of their parents for "re-education."