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Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Mexico demands retrial for national to be executed in the USA on Wednesday

nsnbc : Senior Mexican diplomats, on Monday, condemned the scheduled execution of a Mexican inmate on death row in Texas, calling his sentence illegal, demanding a re-trial, and vowing to exhaust all efforts to prevent the execution.

Carlos Sada, Mexico's deputy foreign minister for North America_Mexico_2017_(archives)Carlos Sada, Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Minister for North America, told reporters that prosecutors in the U.S. State of Texas did not follow due process in the case of Ruben Cardenas who was sentenced to death for allegedly raping and killing his 15-year-old cousin in 1997.

Sada stressed that there had been failures from the start and that from Mexico’s perspective, the execution would be an illegal act. Cardenas’ execution has been scheduled for Wednesday. The Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that Texas and the U.S.A. have violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations because Cardenas was denied a chance to speak with consular officials.

Sada added Mexico would look to stay the execution by seeking to overturn how Cardenas’ confession was obtained, while also looking to exonerate him with up-to-date DNA testing. There are currently two separate appeals under way and Mexico is willing to take Cardenas’ case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary, Sada added.

Mexico does not have the death penalty and opposes it, regularly clashing with the United States when Mexican nationals are set to be executed on U.S. soil. Sada said 54 Mexicans were currently facing U.S. death sentences.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled in 2004 that the United States had violated international law by failing to inform 51 Mexicans now on death row of their right to consular assistance, and said the cases should be reviewed. Alejandro Alday, a legal adviser to the Mexican government, said Cardenas was one of the 51 covered by the ICJ ruling, and accused Texas of breaching the Vienna convention in failing to advise Cardenas of his right to consular assistance.

CH/L – nsnbc 07.11.2017

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