Here you will find information about the real and Honorable William Eliú Martinez - a man widely known for his good nature, generosity, and kindness. There are plenty of accusations about him on the internet, while he has not been able to speak or defend himself, or bring witnesses on his behalf to trial. Now, for the first time, here is a web site where the truth about his good nature can come out. William is a devoted family man, with two daughters living in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador.
William Martinez spoke out in the El Salvador
against sending El Salvador troops to Bush's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Bush Administration falsely accused him, to discourage other legislators
from opposing wars, by showing they can arrest anyone for anything, anywhere.
William owned real estate properties including a
hotel, a sea side property, and a boat.
His tenants told William they were using the boat for their fishing business.
El Salvador Police caught the tenants using the boat to smuggle drugs and arrested them.
The El Salvador Police did not charge or arrest William for what his tenants had done.
The U.S. DEA was unable to persuade the El Salvador
Police that William was involved.
They had to lure him to Panama, where the U.S. has arrest jurisdiction, pretending to have a
real estate deal. There, they abducted and flew him in a U.S. Government jet to DC jail.
They cut him off from funds, communication, and ability to bring witnesses for his defense.
They offered the drug smuggling tenants light sentences to name William as the organizer.
Assembled from his family, friends, employees, fellow congressmen, and co-workers.
William Martinez is widely known in El Salvador an honest, generous, hard working, and religious man
He helped to establish El Salvador's National Bible Day, and received letters of thanks from pastors nationwide.
As a child, William helped guide a blind man around from his neighborhood, on his own initiative
He often gave money for food and shelter to the homeless and poor.
He was considered a potential candidate for President of El Salvador
He helped to build a church, both through donations, and by weeks of his physical labor
He was an honor student and one of the first university graduates in his family
William often bought small toys from a store, and gave them to children
He allowed the churches to baptize children on his property near the water, and use the house as a spiritual retreat..
He hosted annual Christmas celebrations for underprivileged children on his property
He encouraged kids to practice soccer, to help develop their health, and keep them out of trouble
William used to buy chicken and feed the poor in the street
He used to visit hospitals to encourage the patients to get well, and prayed with them
He started a program, to encourage people who cut down trees to plant two more in replacement
He worked to bring democracy and freedom as a representative to the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba
William did extensive volunteer work and fund raising to help victims of a hurricane which swept El Salvador
In 2000, he went to visit the people in the countryside, found that the prices of meat being charged to them was too high, and protested this
William paid the kids to clean the streets of El Salvador, to give them a job to do, and keep them out of trouble
As a successful and honest real estate investor, he is the owner of the Hotel Royal, rental properties, and a rental car company
In 1991 a hospital in Houston was closing, and William asked the El Salvador Air Force to pick it up with a cargo plane, which brought much needed equipment
As of December 2004, the records in San Salvador's City Hall show no criminal record of any kind on William. He had a perfectly clean record. In his first 47 years, he was never even a suspect of a crime.
William was founder and president of the Help Me Live Foundation, to help bring needed medical equipment to hospitals in El Salvador, including crutches, stethoscopes, and even an ambulance. He was featured in a 1992 newspaper article.
William is a man of peace, and foresaw the problems of sending troops to Iraq. As a congressman, he advocated a peaceful solution, and was skeptical of President Bush's motivations to invade Iraq. William campaigned and voted against sending El Salvador's youth to die unless there was no other choice, and after all attempts for a peaceful solution were tried.
When a homeless man died, who had been a frequent beggar, many did not care. But William organized a proper burial at his own expense. At the funeral, some realized, as evidently does, that each human life is precious and deserves respect.
William is optimistic about the essential goodness in people, sees the good in others, and trusts them, unfortunately too much. His trusting nature was taken advantage of by drug smugglers who used his good name for their evil purposes.
"God is deep within every man." he says. Only in some men you have to look deeper..
Such a man is not a drug smuggler. Such a man is a saint.
The Honorable William Martinez, representative and defender of the people.
Centro de Gobierno en San Salvador, El Salvador
William Martinez was elected as a Deputy, the equivalent of a Congressman, by his people due to his reputation for helping people. Someone like William who is so much in the "public eye" could not associate with drug smuggler and get elected in such a good and spiritual country as El Salvador. The very name of the country means "The Savior" and refers to Jesus Christ. Either the people, the Press, or his opponents running in the competitive election would have brought an improprieties to light during the election campaigns.
Reporters search the records and internet for evidence about the lives and families of candidates leading up to the campaign. They search and hope to find something that will help them write an interesting article. But no investigative reporters could find anything bad about William Martinez. He was elected by a clear majority of the people. He was clean getting in to office, and would not jeopardize his public office, or betray the voters, by knowingly associating with anyone who would break the law. He works hard to protect and represent the law abiding people of El Salvador.
He was the President of the San Salvador soccer team, called Arcense, part of the El Salvador National Football Organization. who ascended to the 1st Division in 2002.
But his active and productive life started to take a turn for the worse, when he rented to the wrong people, who told him they needed to rent his boats for deep sea fishing.
"An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish an legal purpose or action."
There is no evidence of any such an agreement, or that William had knowledge of any illegal purpose or action performed by the tenants.
The headlines read: "El Salvador Congressman accused of using his influence to assist in transporting cocaine, and money laundering" But he no record of having used drugs at any time in his life. He has campaigned to help stop drug abuse. No large amounts of money were found in any of his accounts. He worked hard to make ends meet as it was.
William is an intelligent and hard working real estate developer and investor. Around 1995, he bought an undeveloped property at a low price. He hired a crew to remove the rotted trees and brush, filled in the holes, and smoothed out the land. It was in a good location, and he was able to sell the land to the McDonalds Corporation to build a fast food restaurant there. The income from this, over $500,000 enabled William to purchase other property and to campaign for public office. Such a good businessman as William can think of plenty of ways to earn money legally. Even so, he had to borrow money for his campaign.
At no time during his campaign was he accused of any involvement with drugs. If so his political competitors or the press surely would have been happy to claim so. But try as they would, no one could find anything wrong with William. He was elected by a clear majority.
All William Martinez did wrong was to rent to the wrong people. He only arranged the renting of the sea side property to them. William was also a Century 21 Real Estate Agent. He would find properties for potential buyers, and for renters, in return for a commission on the sale price or rental income. Upon election to office, he did not have time to focus on real estate property management. His activities as a Century 21 Real Estate Agent ceased when he became a congressman. He was busy serving his people at the San Salvador Civic Center, and with all the demands on his time, he was certainly not able to monitor everything that his tenants and renters were doing hours away.
William rented his boats and a waterside property to some men who gave a plausible story that they were doing fishing, a common industry along the El Salvador coast. They spoke in detail about how they would cash fish and shrimp in the open sea. Arias sounded very knowledgeable about fishing. Of course, they mentioned nothing of drug smuggling, and gave little reason to suspect them of doing anything but fishing. As a busy public official, William had no time, and no idea what they were really using it for. They were paying the rent on time, and even improving the property. It turned out that they were drug smugglers. When they were caught they tried to get in good with the police by claiming that William was the "king ping" of the group.
It would take about 2 hours at 45 mph to drive approximately 90 miles from William's home or office in San Salvador to the Cuatro Vientos (Four Winds) property he managed part-time near the Estuary of Jaltapeque by the sea coast, reachable only by undeveloped roads. A busy public official would rarely have time for such trips, 4 hours round trip, just to keep an eye on his tenants.
The universe is a field of all possibilities. Any possibility can be the subject of a false accusation. Evidence is the key to determining in the Court room what "could have happened" from "what did happen." Defendants should only be sentenced for what actually happened, based on Objective Evidence.
There was no Objective evidence offered at the trial. Subjective "evidence" is faulty if there is a Mistaken Witness or False Witness - a Liar. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) based its case on the word of the captured drug smugglers who named him as the king pin, in exchange for reduced sentences. The real king pin was Otto who escaped from a jail in Mexico and has a $5 million dollar reward on his head. The Government kept William Martinez without a formal charge for years as they gathered evidence. The evidence should have been gathered first, before ruining this man's political career, life and reputation.
False Witness - a Liar
The authorities accuse William of having millions of dollars, even though they can plainly see that he was not able to afford a private attorney. Even when facing life in prison. He was assigned a public defender. Public Defenders are unfortunately and typically over-worked, with large case loads, for a relatively low pay scale as compared to private attorneys. They do the best that they can do with the time and resources available. They are required to divide their time equitably among many defendants, and are not allowed to focus on just one case. Would William agree to have not paid attorney who could devote many hours on his case, just to put on a show of poverty, risking prison for life? Or wouldn't he have hired the best attorney money could buy?
The US and El Salvador Governments froze all of William Martinez' assets upon his arrest. In the two year investigation, they were unable to uncover any evidence of unusual or high funds. Any assets he has have been accountable by his salary as a congressman, and income from rental properties, with nothing suspicious or excessive. So, if William was supposedly an accomplice to drug smugglers, was he doing it for free? Very unlikely.
William was a hard working and honest entrepreneur, and owner of the Hotel Royal. He bought this with his earnings as the owner of an auto body shop. All his earnings were open, as a politician, and the result of his hard work and intelligent investing.
William Martinez' business card for the Hotel Royal in San Salvador.
The DEA arrested first, then gathered evidence later - over a year later.
He helps Hispanic inmates to learn English and to read
Assists Ms. Butler, the teacher of the Life Skills Class at the Correctional Treatment Facility
Encourages inmates to take the classes that are available, such as Life Skills, and Computers
He attends every religious ceremony, held several times a week
He assists with the church services
He has completed several Bible correspondence courses by mail
He encourages inmates, without being too pushy, to go to church and to pray
He listens to other inmates' problems and helps them find a solution
He has given religion and hope for life to inmates contemplating suicide.
He sets an example of good behavior and attitude.
He speaks up for other people, if they have been treated unfairly
He greets everyone in a friendly way by name
He gets along well with the staff and the guards
He shares whatever he can spare with others
He is not too proud to work hard, for its own sake, for little pay. Most inmates sleep, play games, or watch TV, during the day.
William volunteered for the inmate maintenance crew, which is unpleasant, menial labor, which pays only about $1 per day.
He uses this money to buy small items from the jail store, and religious courses to donate to the Jail Library.
Like Daniel in the Lion's Den, he lives in peace, and helps to tame some of DC's wildest men.
Even the DC Jail people know that William Martinez is a good man
The trial in June 2004 was unfair. William was all alone, and had no witnesses on his behalf. There were fellow Congressmen, family, friends, supporters, and witnesses in El Salvador willing to come and testify on his behalf, even though it is very expensive to fly from El Salvador to the United States, plus hotel fees. But his witnesses never knew of the trial date. No announcement was made. No effort was made for them to come to the USA. The trial was over before anyone on William's side knew when it was. It was a one-sided mistrial.
If provided the opportunity the Defense can show that William was not involved in the conspiracy. He never owned a gun, which the prosecution claims. No gun was ever found at his home, even after a surprise arrest and thorough search. He has never owned, attempted to buy, or registered a gun of any kind. He is a man of peace.
The prosecution tried every trick in the book to make him look like a conspirator. On the top of all prosecution documents, they put "William Eliu Martinez - also known as Don Williams" to make it sound like Don Corleone, the boss in the movie "The Godfather". Don is a term of respect used in many countries. The prosecutors know that Americans know a lot more about Hollywood than they do about other countries. Most US citizens cannot correctly name the capital cities of the countries in Central America, their neighbors to the south. (Take a quiz.) So when they see a constant reference to "Don William" it creates an unfair impression and prejudice in the minds of the American jury.
When Sabas was first arrested by the police he said he would testify against others because he was not paid for his last 2 drug smuggling trips. Then he changed his story to say that he was testifying against others because he "felt bad" and wanted to do the right thing and turn himself in. He could have turned himself in years earlier, get a real job, or refuse to participate in drug smuggling. He stayed in it as long as the money was good.
Sabas receives o
All charges by the US DEA were dropped. Plus the US promised to help his family with a US Visa.
His attorneys advise him on how to get the best deal.
Testimony of Sabas David Arias-Martinez June 16, 2005
Unhelpful Appeal Attorney
An attorney was hired to help William get an appeal,
but despite thousands paid, he did not meet with William for more than 1/2 hour.
He argued based on a technicality, rather than the root argument that William is not guilty,
and did not receive a fair trial. His argument may have been hurtful rather than helpful.
Why do prosecutors take the word of smugglers over the word of an honest and hard working congressman of one of our Allies? Instead of focusing on the them, they focused on William Martinez, a man who is easy to capture. They took him out of the country, to a jail where he could not call his home country, and froze all his assets. This prevented him from hiring an attorney. His family did not know where he was for weeks, and thought he had been kidnapped by the mafia for his strong stance against crime and drugs. With the passage of time, his real estate interests were severely crippled. Some tenants stopped paying rent, knowing the property supervisor could do nothing about it. And then they expect him to be able to pay for an attorney?
Supporters of William Martinez include members of the American Civil Liberties Union.
William Martinez was only able to make collect calls within the US from the jail, and asked for help from the Truth and Justice Foundation. TJF is raising funds to get William Martinez a private lawyer, who may be able to get him a new trial, a fair chance, and prove his innocence. The Foundation needs to raise money to get a private attorney, and to help organize supporters. Please call the Truth & Justice Foundation at 703-440-8070 or go to the web site at www.Truth-Justice.org For information or questions, please email to Support@Truth-Justice.org
Supporters of William Martinez are raising funds to get Dr. Lawrence Farwell's Brain FingerPrinting technology (BFP) to assist him. Dr. Farwell is a PhD in neuroscience, former faculty member of Harvard University, and the holder of several electro-encephalographic (EEG) patents.
BFP is based on the principle that there is a unique and measurable physiological reaction to visual or verbal stimuli that is recognized by the brain, as compared to random or unrecognized stimuli. This response cannot be controlled, trained, or faked. It occurs within milliseconds, with no time for the subject to determine which response would be favorable to him. It is widely referred to in the scientific community as the p300 response.
This technology has proved so accurate, and brain wave responses so uncontrollable, that it has become admissible as evidence as in court cases. By comparison, the polygraph is not admissible. His technology has been featured positively on CBS 60 Minutes, New Detectives, NBC, ABC, and other Court related documentaries. It has helped to convict a serial killer as well as free a man wrongfully imprisoned for over 24 years. At at test conducted at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Brain Fingerprinting proved 100% accurate in identifying from a group of 25 who were FBI agents, and who were regular citizens, based .solely on their brain wave responses to scenes and terminology that FBI agents would know from their training. Senator Charles Grassley has encouraged its use.
Were William Martinez' fingerprints found on any drug packages? NO
Were any traces of William's DNA found on any drug packages? NO
Any Physical Evidence at all?
Was there any tangible evidence offered at the trial tying William to the drug packages? NO. WHY?
This is the day of Scientific Forensic Evidence
such as is often seen on Court TV.
But, there was no such evidence offered by the prosecution,
only ancient and fallible liar testimony
William Martinez alone, in another country, with no money to bring in witnesses to speak on his behalf, defends himself, alone against the great resources of the US, the most powerful country on earth, who could easily pay the expenses to fly their witnesses in to Washington DC.
It was an unfair trial, with only one side able to bring witnesses.
There was no physical evidence offered.
Evidence does not lie, but people sometimes do.
The Honorable Judge Michael M. Mihm granted the motion for a new attorney at the U.S. District Court on October 27, 2005. This is an unusual request, at such a late phase as the sentencing hearing. This was the first time, in Judge Mihm's long experience serving as a judge, that he has granted such a request. So there must have been a good and logical reason.
Public Defender Shawn Moore graciously agreed to the request, and stepped down as William Martinez' attorney. Public defenders have a large public case load, and are required to distribute their time equitably among hundreds of defendants. This decision provides William Martinez, and supporters, some time to raise funds, and find an attorney who specializes in this type of case, and can make this case a top priority.
A private attorney, will therefore be able to focus more time on William's case. The world may soon know of William's innocence, in the light of new evidence, not available before his June 2005 trial.
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