Mexican lawyers seek to prosecute Calderon, Garcia Luna and drug lord at The Hague

Published on October 11, 2011
Authored by: Rafael Marsiglia / Reuters
A group of lawyers in Mexico are looking to prosecute Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Mexico’s most powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 A group of Mexican lawyers have announced they will press the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to prosecute President Felipe Calderon and the country’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, accusing them of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The group – which includes a group of reporters – told a news conference on Tuesday (October 11) said it was time to end the culture of impunity in Mexico with tens of thousands killed since Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels.
“Because the indescribable violence we are experiencing has left deep marks that will take generations to heal. That is why, myself and I think many Mexicans should support this peaceful initiative to tie the hands of a man who has filled the country with bloodshed. Also so that the country and the world pay attention to what we are living through which must stop now,” said reporter, Epigmenio Ibarra.
The group are asking the prosecutor at the Hague, Luis Moreno Ocampo, to investigate the violence in Mexico and humanitarian crisis which has displaced thousands.
Also named in the complaint is Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna, Secretary of National Defence Guillermo Galvan Galvan, Secretary of the Navy Francisco Saynez Mendoza along with drug traffickers and government officials.
An online petition launched in May calling for the ICC to investigate Calderon, has collected more than 20,000 signatures, according to the group.
Lawyer, John Ackerman, said Calderon and not just the drug traffickers bore responsibility for the country’s spiralling violence.
“Evidently, it is the drug traffickers who generate a large part of this problem but also corruption, complicity of government officials who generate this situation. So much death and impunity does not occur without complicity by the government and higher officials, such as Felipe Calderon. He is the head of the armed forces and due to omission and action, he has promoted this situation where a complete generation of Mexican is being cut back.”
Calderon sent in the army against drug gangs shortly after taking office in late 2006. The government has captured many cartel leaders, but the surge of violence the conflict sparked has since claimed more than 42,000 lives.
The lawyers said they would present a written case to the Hague on November 25 this year while more evidence and signatures are collected
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