Mar 20, 2012

Mexico Politics: Calderon may plan to flee Mexico when his term ends

Proceso: "President Felipe Calderon may fear being killed when his term ends and may plan to flee Mexico, Dolia Estevez, a correspondent for U.S. news MVS, revealed.

The journalist reported that US government sources confided in her that at a recent meeting between Felipe Calderon and former President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, the Mexican President confessed his fear of being killed by drug traffickers. In response, Lula offered Calderon political asylum in Brazil.

Calderon's fear, according to Estevez, led him to support former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo seeking diplomatic immunity in the US for the massacre of indigenous people in the community of Acteal in Chiapas.

Calderon's bid could set a legal precedent that would prevent ex-presidents from being judged by potential lawsuits against the drug war. A group of lawyers, academics and intellectuals have filed a suit against Calderon before the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from the death of over 50 thousand people during the war against organized crime.

In addition, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs classified as confidential information its diplomatic note delivered to the US State Department seeking ratification of immunity for Zedillo." Spanish original

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