Mexico: Legal Precedent Set for Military Trial

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A patrol on the streets of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico during celebrations for the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Photo by Lorne Matalon.

A patrol on the streets of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico during celebrations for the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. (Lorne Matalon)

Mexico is celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution this week. In Ojinaga, citizens are paying homage to the past but also to the future. This week, a leak of documents in Mexico City shows that a disgraced former Mexican general will be tries in a civilian court rather in than a closed military trial. Citizens remain scarred by the reign of terror allegedly unleashed by Major General Manuel de Jesús Moreno Aviña. He stands accused of systematic abuses in 2008 and 2009 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua. According to the Mexican daily Reforma, General Moreno Aviña is responsible for at least seven summary executions and deciding which detained individuals would disappear.

KRTS General Manager spoke with reporter Lorne Matalon after he returned from Ojinaga.

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