New ATCA/TVPA Suit Filed Against Former Mexican President Zedillo

From Business Wire:

A lawsuit alleging war crimes and other crimes against humanity against Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, President of Mexico from 1994-2000, was filed Friday, September 16 in Connecticut federal court by the Miami law firm of Rafferty Kobert Tenenholtz Bounds & Hess, P.A.


The lawsuit centers on a massacre of December 22, 1997, when paramilitary groups — armed, supported, and trained by Mexican armed forces members as part of a counter-insurgency plan — slaughtered 45 men, women and children in the village of Acteal, in the State of Chiapas, Mexico, while wounding many others. The Plaintiffs are among the survivors, widows and children of some victims.

According to the lawsuit, the Acteal Massacre sprang from the Mexican government’s implementation of “El Plan de Campana Chiapas ’94,” a secret Mexican governmental document outlining a plan to crush the insurgent Zapatista movement of the 1990s. Central to that Plan was the creation and deployment of paramilitary and civilian self-defense forces to assist military operations, including illegally arming civilians with military weapons.

Zedillo is currently teaching at Yale.  I will continue to monitor this suit as it develops.


About Charles Donefer

I am an attorney in New York City.
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