The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, July 25, 2004
The Mexican genocide fiasco
Or thus it appears at first glance (caveat maxime lector!).
The Cliff Notes version seems to go something like this: around 1970, political violence in Mexico was very much the thing - hundreds of students killed on October 2 1968 in Mexico City - and the killing of 30 or so demonstrators on June 10 1971 was not exceptional. Luis Echeverría (of the PRI, natch) was Interior Minister during the 1968 incident and President during the 1971.
The Vicente Fox adminstration  decided (for reasons research would no doubt dig up) to prosecute Echeverría and others for their part in the 1971 incident  on the charge of genocide.
The Washington Post's Kevin Sullivan  was reporting yesterday in what looks to me very much like a spirit of liberal-onanist hope  that Black Hats from the Nixon-Kissinger era of Latin American infamy were to get their just deserts.
A day later, this Ealing Comedy moment had been abruptly terminated by a douche of judicial common sense (Sullivan again). Having examined the case on the papers, Judge César Flores Rodríguez kicked it.
According to a La Jornada piece ,
El juzgado no analizó si el delito de genocidio tiene prescripción. Se concentró en revisar si en los hechos del 10 de 1971 se dio ese ilícito.
In his decision, Flores apparently did not discuss the merits of the genocide charge.which isn't quite the same thing: according to the Jornada piece, the judge didn't decide that facts alleged were proved; but that, assuming they were proved, they wouldn't provide the necessary elements of the genocide charge.
The judge did, according to Jornada, find that other charges might lie on the facts alleged; but these were all barred by the statute of limitations.
I assume that the reason why the facially unlikely (if not absurd) genocide charge was chosen was to escape statute of limitations problems .
The Femospp will no doubt appeal against the judge's decision.
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