Mexican court dismisses genocide charges against former president

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website in Spanish] upheld Wednesday a 30-year statute of limitations and dismissed charges of genocide against ex-president Luis Echeverria [official government website in Spanish]. The Court, in a 4-1 vote, held that international law against genocide does not take precedence over Mexico's national statute of limitations. Echeverria is accused of ordering a paramilitary attack on student protestors in 1971, killing 40. Prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo said that he will continue to press the genocide charges and vowed, "the resolution of this issue has not concluded." Reuters has more.



 

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