The President Felipe Calderón and his security officials assess how to defend their rights and reputation after Mexican activists asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the president for the commission of possible crimes against humanity during the war on drugs.
One day after the President announced that explored proceed legally against those accused of crimes against humanity, the president’s spokeswoman said the government assesses how the president can assert their rights before they consider slanderous accusations.
“If a person as the President told murderer (has) every right to defend itself and in any case make claims for whoever has made this accusation,” said Alejandra Sota, a spokesman for Calderon in a radio interview.
The spokeswoman said the president and his staff are entitled to defend his “honor” and “reputation.”
Netzaí Sandoval’s attorney, on behalf of Mexican activists, on Friday filed a request to the ICC to investigate the president. He said the document has at least 470 cases of what they consider violations of international humanitarian law by bodies like the Army, including torture and extrajudicial executions.
Sandoval said the request is accompanied by 23 000 signatures of several activists, academics, journalists and security experts.
The lawsuit also names as possible perpetrators of crimes against humanity to members of drug trafficking and specifically mentions Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, considered the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
A statement from the Presidency exploring warned on Sunday that legal action after the filing of the petition, which led to the attorney Sandoval to consider what the government did begin to understand is that a persecution against the signatories.
“Particularly is threatening us,” said Sandoval.
He noted that the signatories only exercise their freedom of speech by asking the ICC to investigate the president.
- Mexican government rejects war crimes allegations (guardian.co.uk)
- Group files war-crimes complaint against Calderon (sfgate.com)
- Mexico activists seek ICC probe (bbc.co.uk)