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US court won't hear Zedillo-Mexican massacre case

US Supreme Court declines to hear case involving ex-Mexico President Zedillo and 1997 massacre

US court won't hear Zedillo-Mexican massacre case

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.