Mar 20, 2012

Drug War and Human Rights: Hague Court analyzing lawsuit against Calderon

Animal Politico: "Contrary to what predicted by President Calderon, the International Criminal Court (ICC) did not dismiss the claim that a group of 23 thousand Mexicans placed against him for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"The Prosecutor's Office (of the ICC) has received the notification regarding Mexico and the Office will analyze the information as we do with all communications received in accordance with Article 15 of the Rome Statute, and shall decide in due course," said Florence Olara, a spokeswoman for the attorney general of the international court.

"We passed the first review and, contrary to what many say, the Court did not reject the request as being out of order; the information is being analyzed," said lawyer Netzaí Sandoval, who has brought the case before the Court.

Sandoval also reported that the group of more than 23,000 people who have approaced The Hague to request a formal trial against President Felipe Calderon has presented new evidence to strengthen its communication to the ICC.

Among the new documentation provided what stands out is that related to the case of General Manuel de Jesus Moreno Avina, who is being tried by military courts for engaging in torture and disappeances of civilians and suspected drug dealers.

It also included the report of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances of the UN, which called for criminalizing the offense and for withdrawing the army from the streets because of its being a participant in these crimes." Spanish original

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