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Mexican high court rules ex-president can face trial for student massacre

[JURIST] The Mexican Supreme Court [official website in Spanish] ruled Wednesday that former president Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile] can be prosecuted for the deaths of student demonstrators killed in 1971. A panel of judges voted 3-2 to allow Echeverria and his former interior minister to face prosecution after noting that the 30-year statute of limitations began to run in 1976 when Echeverria's final term - and his governmental immunity from prosecution - ended. Prosecutors believe the 83-year-old ex-leader, who previously escaped charges [JURIST report], ordered a paramilitary unit to attack the student protestors. Reuters has more.

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