Saturday, September 04, 2004

Truth or dare in Mexico?

As a follow-up to my earlier posts in July on the controversial genocide charge against former Mexican president Echeverría, I should note that this week Kevin Sullivan of the Washington Post talked to the special prosecutor and raised some of the concerns of his critics. The prosecutor, Carrillo Prieto, seemingly unfazed by the obstacles, plans to charge another 30 former officials with the same genocide charge.

Surprisingly, however, Sullivan's piece failed to mention the previous day's interview by Ginger Thompson of the New York Times with President Fox, in which Fox said that if the genocide charge fails, he'll "convene those civic groups working with the special prosecutor, who have a full understanding of the case, to issue their own verdict, a historic verdict in the form of a truth commission.''

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