High court asked to hear ex-Mexico leader’s case

Ernesto Zedillo (AP Photo Michel Euler, File)
Ernesto Zedillo (AP Photo Michel Euler, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ten people who say they survived a 1997 massacre in Mexico are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate their lawsuit accusing former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo of bearing some responsibility for the killings.

A federal judge in Connecticut and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York dismissed the lawsuit, saying Zedillo has immunity as a former head of state. Zedillo says the allegations against him are groundless and slanderous.

The unnamed plaintiffs say they are survivors of the killings of 45 people in the southern Mexican village of Acteal by paramilitaries with alleged government ties. They say Zedillo knew about the actions in Acteal and covered them up.

Zedillo was president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. He’s now a professor at Yale University in Connecticut.

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