HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of 10 people who tried to sue former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo on allegations he bore some responsibility for a 1997 massacre in Mexico and tried to cover it up.
The court didn't give a reason for declining to hear the case Monday. A federal judge in Connecticut and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York dismissed the lawsuit, saying Zedillo has immunity as a former head of state.
The plaintiffs say they are survivors of the massacre in the southern Mexican village of Acteal by paramilitaries with apparent government ties. Forty-five people died.
Zedillo called the allegations groundless. He was president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000 and is now a professor at Yale University in Connecticut.