Legal News

Former Mexican President Evades Charges of Massacre Through Immunity
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo won’t face trial for the 1997 massacre of 45 people in a Mexican village. The Acteal massacre was allegedly condoned by the former president, who is said even to have aided it; but despite these allegations, a court in Connecticut dismissed the suit saying that Zedillo, who is now a professor at Yale, has immunity.

Mexico’s foreign ministry has said that immunity of heads of foreign courts “is based on international custom, with the aim of ensuring respect for the equal sovereignty of states,” or in other words, the man cannot be charged in terms of the state he lead.

  
What
Where


And the U.S. seems to agree. State Department legal adviser Harold Hongju Koh wrote a letter to the U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, saying that “This complaint is predicated on former President Zedillo’s actions as President, not private conduct.”

If the plaintiffs, unnamed relatives and survivors represented by Rafferty, Kobert, Tenenholtz, Bounds & Hess, wish they can appeal the ruling made by U.S. District Judge Michael Shea.

The massacre in question pertained to the armed uprising of the Zapatistas, who arose in 1994 seeking more rights for Indians in Southern state of Chiapas. Catholic activists sympathetic to the Indians’ plight were the target of a paramilitary attack that is alleged to be tied to the government. The massacre attacked and killed 45 people, who were praying at a church, including many children, some as young as 2 months old.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Zedillo called the massacre criminal and sought government investigation, but a 2011 lawsuit involving 10 unnamed plaintiffs alleged that he was part of a plan to train local militias to stage the attack. They thus have sued Zedillo for $50 million.

“Compelling evidence shows that the authorities facilitated the arming of paramilitaries who carried out the killings and failed to intervene as the savage attack continued for hours,” Amnesty International said in a 1998 statement on Acteal, as reported by Fox News.



Zedillo has called such charges “slanderous” and “unfounded.”



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-level Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-MD-Baltimore

Baltimore office of our client seeks mid-level litigation associate attorney with 3+ years of experi...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-SC-Columbia

Columbia office is seeking a commercial litigation attorney with 2-4 years of experience.

Apply Now

Junior Employment Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office is seeking an attorney with 2-3 years of employment litigation, class action or...

Apply Now

Estate Planning Associate Attorney

USA-CO-Longmont

Longmont office of our client seeks associate attorney with estate planning, elder law, probate expe...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Patent / IP Paralegal

USA-WA-Seattle

Patent / IP Paralegal This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the...

Apply now

Social Security Legal Assistant - Immediate Opening!

USA-PA-Scranton

Scranton-based workers comp, social security, and personal injury law office is seeking a social sec...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-NY-New York City

Law firm seeks associate that must be admitted to practice law in New York  to attend Civil cou...

Apply now

Associate Attorney - Insurance Defense Litigation

USA-NY-Huntington

Growing Long Island insurance defense firm seeking 1 to 5 year associate attorney for their Hun...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top