Mexico’s Supreme Court rejects military trials code

BBC News, 8/22/2012

Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that a military code giving army courts jurisdiction to try soldiers for crimes against civilians is unconstitutional.

The judges said the code wrongly extended the reach of military courts.

Rights groups says abuses by army personnel have risen sharply since troops were first deployed against the drug gangs in late 2006.

Campaigners hailed the court’s decision but four similar judgements are needed to set a legal precedent.

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