Fox News, 9/9/12
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