Ex-president Ernesto Zedillo has been sentenced by the Federal Court of Connecticut, United States, for five crimes, among these war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the 22 December 1997 massacre in Acteal, Chiapas, in which were killed 45 persons. The other crimes are cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment; terror and violence in violation of liberty of association; and terror and violence in violation of free expression of thought, political opinion, and freedom to exercise one’s rights.
In comments, Zedillo Ponce de León responded that such accusations are not only false but also slanderous, as he expressed it to CNN television by means of an e-mail.
The case that would promote reparation for the crime was presented on16 September by the legal team of Rafferty Kobert Tenenholtz Bounds & Hess, representing a dozen victims of these acts–six men and four women–who have requested to be remain anonymous so as to protect themselves from reprisals in Mexico. The juridical resource was filed in the federal court in Connecticut–state where Zedillo resides and gives classes at Yale University–given that the law allows foreigners to solicit reparations.
For more information (in Spanish and English):
Denuncian ante Corte de EU a Zedillo por crímenes de guerra, y contra la humanidad, terror y violencia y otros tres, derivados de la matanza de 45 indígenas en Acteal en 1997, La Crónica de Hoy, 21 September 2011
Demandan en Estados Unidos a Ernesto Zedillo por masacre de Acteal, El Proceso, 20 September 2011
Calumnia, la demanda en mi contra por caso Acteal: Zedillo, 20 September 2011
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