Mexico’s Ernesto Zedillo May Be Immune from US Lawsuit over Massacre

Fox News, 9/9/12

Former President Zedillo participated in the panel

The U.S. State Department argues that  former president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, should be granted immunity from a  lawsuit filed in Connecticut over the 1997 massacre of 45 people in a Mexican  village.Zedillo, who is now an international studies professor at Yale University,  had argued that his status as a former national leader gave him immunity from  the lawsuit. He has denied the allegations that he bears responsibility for the  massacre by paramilitary groups in Acteal, in the southern state of Chiapas.

A State Department legal adviser, Harold Hongju Koh, wrote in a letter Friday  that Zedillo is entitled to immunity because the lawsuit centers on actions  taken in his capacity as president. He noted also that the Mexican government  had requested a determination of immunity

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