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Ex-president of Mexico Zedillo, now Yale professor, sued in Conn. over 1997 villager killings
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, who's now a Yale University professor, is being sued in Connecticut for alleged crimes against humanity in connection with the 1997 killings of 45 people in a Mexican village.
Lawyers for 10 unnamed relatives of the victims filed the lawsuit last Friday in U.S. District Court in Hartford, alleging Zedillo was responsible for the massacre by paramilitary groups in the village of Acteal in the state of Chiapas and tried to cover up the killings. The Yale Daily News reports the plaintiffs are seeking damages against Zedillo that are likely to exceed $10 million.
Zedillo, who was president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000, is now a professor of international studies at Yale. He sent emails to news organizations this week denying the allegations.