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Supreme Court Justice Recommends Immediate Release of French Citizen Florence Cassez

LADB Article ID: 78529
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2012-03-14
By: Carlos Navarro

A Mexican Supreme Court justice issued an official opinion in early March that could have some bearing on elections in France and, to a smaller extent, in Mexico. Justice Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea, charged with reviewing the kidnapping charges against French citizen Florence Cassez, ruled there were enough irregularities in the case to merit her immediate release. If a five-member panel of the Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) accepts the recommendation, Cassez would leave prison after completing a fraction of her 60-year sentence. The move could benefit French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is facing stiff competition from rival François Hollande. Last year, Sarkozy unsuccessfully pushed for Cassez to finish her term in France.

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