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Dismissal of suit against ex-Mexican leader upheld

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 8:20 a.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo (ehr-NEST'-oh seh-DEE'-yoh) was partly responsible for a 1997 massacre in a Mexican village.

Three judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected an appeal Tuesday by 10 people who sued Zedillo for $50 million in 2011. The court says Zedillo is immune from lawsuits as a former head of state. A Connecticut judge had thrown out the suit earlier.

The unnamed plaintiffs say they survived the killings of 45 people in Acteal in the southern state of Chiapas.

Messages seeking comment were left for lawyers in the case Thursday.

Zedillo was president of Mexico from 1994 to 2000. The lawsuit was filed in Connecticut, where Zedillo is a professor at Yale University.