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Court Says Mexican Doctor Can Sue U.S. for Kidnap

A Mexican doctor who was kidnapped at the request of the U.S. government and flown across the border to stand trial in the 1985 murder of an American drug agent can sue for violations of international law, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had no authority to instigate Humberto Alvarez-Machain’s 1990 arrest and detention in Mexico and that he can seek damages from the government. But the judges were careful to note that their ruling in the case of Alvarez-Machain — who was ultimately acquitted by a judge in the torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena — was not meant to address larger questions over the power of the U.S. government to carry out military or law enforcement operations on foreign soil after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Full Story

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