Ron Shewchuk Consulting Inc.

August 18, 2011 18:55 ET

Pavel Kulisek Released from Mexican Prison

Vindicated Canadian is Reunited With His Family as Three-and-a-Half-Year Ordeal Ends

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2011) - Pavel Kulisek's three-and-a-half-year nightmare ended on Tuesday, August 16 when he was cleared of all charges by a Mexican judge due to a lack of sufficient evidence and released from prison.

Kulisek had a joyful private reunion with his wife Jirina, their two young daughters and other family members today after arriving at the Vancouver International Airport.

"I am happy to be back home with my family and grateful for all the generous support we have received," says Kulisek. "I look forward to putting this terrible experience behind me and getting back to a normal life."

While on an extended family vacation on the Baja Peninsula in March 2008, Kulisek was arrested in a police raid on a hot dog stand where he was having dinner with a local resident who shared his interest in dirt biking. The man turned out to be a major figure in the Tijuana drug trade, and Kulisek was falsely accused of drug trafficking and being a member of a criminal organization.

Kulisek languished in prison for three and a half years without a trial. From the beginning, he insisted he was guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Jirina Kulisek spent her time struggling to make a living and look after their children at the same time as she fought to expedite her husband's safe return to Canada.

"I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to those who have supported and helped Pavel and our family during our painful journey over the past three years," she says. "Without all of you, my girls and I would not have survived this terrible ordeal. Thank-you for your ongoing kindness, generosity, love and support." A more detailed written acknowledgement from Jirina will be released soon.

The Kuliseks have no immediate plans. "We hope to take the family on a camping trip," says Jirina.

The Kulisek family requests that their privacy be respected by the media for the next 24 hours and that all interview requests be directed to the contact below.

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Facebook page: "Support Pavel Kulisek"

Twitter feed: @JusticeForPavel

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