In this Aug. 20, 2012 photo, U.S citizen Jason Sachary Puracal, left, attends his appeals hearing in handcuffs in Granada, Nicaragua. As a three-judge appellate panel mulls the 35-year-old American's ... more 
In this Aug. 20, 2012 photo, U.S citizen Jason Sachary Puracal, left, attends his appeals hearing in handcuffs in Granada, Nicaragua. As a three-judge appellate panel mulls the 35-year-old American's fate, the case has drawn the scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers and human-rights advocates, including the California Innocence Project, which works to absolve people who have been wrongfully convicted. In late 2010 masked policemen raided his seafront real estate office and took him to Nicaragua's maximum security prison. Prosecutors charged that Puracal was using his business as a front for money laundering in a region used to transport cocaine from Colombia to the United States. Because no drugs or cash were seized, Puracal's family and friends thought he wouldn't be held long, but nine months later, a judge convicted Puracal and sentenced him to 22 years in prison. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Esteban Felix
Thu, Sep 6, 2012 3:03 PM EDT