Mexico: Charges Against Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos Ruled Invalid 20 Years Later

February 24, 2016
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In Mexico, a federal court has ruled criminal charges against Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos are no longer valid—more than two decades after they were first lodged. The Zapatistas launched an uprising on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, January 1, 1994, declaring that NAFTA meant death to indigenous people. Subcomandante Marcos was charged with rebellion, terrorism and other crimes. But under Mexican law, such charges expire when half the possible prison term for the most serious charge has lapsed. The court said that renders Marcos’ charges invalid.


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