Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

FOCUS

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

Read more

ENCORE!

How a comedy dud became one of France's biggest box office hits

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya: Clashes at anti-government rally in Nairobi

Read more

WEB NEWS

ISIS leader challenged over expensive-looking wristwatch

Read more

  • Palestinian death count tops 60 as Israeli airstrikes pound Gaza

    Read more

  • Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Israel pummels Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • China’s first Tour de France cyclist chases his dream

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

Americas

Mexican Supreme Court to hear Cassez appeal

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-01-11

Mexico’s Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would hear French national Florence Cassez’s appeal against a 2011 ruling sentencing her to 60 years in prison for kidnapping, in a case that has strained diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Mexico's Supreme Court announced Thursday that this month it will hear an appeal from a Frenchwoman serving 60 years in prison for kidnapping, in a case that sparked diplomatic tensions.

The five justices of the court's first chamber will discuss the case of Florence Cassez, 38, who has always claimed her innocence, on January 23, the court's spokeswoman Cristina Martinez told AFP.

Cassez was sentenced to six decades in prison in February 2011 over charges that she was involved with a gang of kidnappers known as the Zodiacs, allegedly run by her ex-boyfriend Israel Vallarta.

She was arrested in Vallarta's ranch in a December 2005 and three hostages were released.

The apparent police operation was broadcast live on Mexican TV, but the footage was eventually revealed to have been staged after her arrest, a stunt her lawyers say tainted the case against her.

Her treatment caused a diplomatic crisis in February 2001, when Mexican authorities cancelled a "Year of Mexico" cultural event in France after then French president Nicolas Sarkozy tried to dedicate the festivities to Cassez.

Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon had publicly voiced his opposition to releasing Cassez But new presidents have since taken over in both France and Mexico.

After meeting with Mexico's president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto in October, French President Francois Hollande said that he was confident the Supreme Court would "put an end to this painful situation."

Pena Nieto, a 46-year-old lawyer who took office in December, said his country would "scrupulously" respect the decision taken by the courts.

The Supreme Court had already heard her case in March 2012 but only two justices voted for her release when three were needed.
 

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-01-11

  • MEXICO - FRANCE

    Mexican court rejects Florence Cassez's appeal

    Read more

  • MEXICO - FRANCE

    Court to rule on overturning Frenchwoman's sentence

    Read more

  • MEXICO - FRANCE

    Justice to argue rights of jailed French woman may have been violated

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)