Mexico high court rules military crimes should be tried in civilian courts Rebecca DiLeonardo at 11:26 AM ET
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled Tuesday that crimes committed against Mexican civilians by members of the military should be tried in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Military tribunals have been criticized in the past for failing to try and convict military personnel for alleged crimes and abuses. In its decision the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Military Code of Justice that provided that all crimes committed by on-duty soldiers should be tried in military tribunals. The court's decision centered around the death of a civilian who was killed when soldiers opened fire on a civilian bus. The court determined that the trial of soldiers in his death should be held in civilian court. The decision of the court will not be legally binding precedent [El Universal report, in Spanish] until the court rules in several other cases. The court already issued a similar ruling last month, and another last July [JURIST report]. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing 28 additional cases involving the military.
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