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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:37 PM
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Mexican court orders release of protest leaders
Source: AP

Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the convictions of 12 leaders and other participants in a violent 2006 protest during which leftist demonstrators took over a town and battled police.

The court cited insufficient evidence as the reason for nullifying the men's kidnapping sentences, which ranged from 31 to 112 years in prison.

"Authorities based the case on false and weak suppositions," the court wrote in a statement released to the media. "They charged the defendants simply for the fact they were at the scene of the events."

The court said the men would be released within hours of ruling.

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