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Mexico court ends jail ordeal for Frenchwoman Cassez

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The judges of a Supreme Court panel (L-R) Olga Sanchez Cordero, Alfredo Ortiz Mena, Jorge Mario Rebolledo, Jose Ramos Cossio Diaz and Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea, meet to review the case of French national Florence Cassez, at the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

The judges of a Supreme Court panel (L-R) Olga Sanchez Cordero, Alfredo Ortiz Mena, Jorge Mario Rebolledo, Jose Ramos Cossio Diaz and Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea, meet to review the case of French national Florence Cassez, at the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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A man holds a poster reading "Freedom for the military, not for Florence Cassez" outside the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday reviewed the case of Cassez, serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with...more

A man holds a poster reading "Freedom for the military, not for Florence Cassez" outside the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday reviewed the case of Cassez, serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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French President Hollande speaks to journalists in Grenoble about the liberation of Florence Cassez January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who is serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, after judges said her trial was tainted. Federal officers arrested Cassez, 38, in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, whom they...more

French President Hollande speaks to journalists in Grenoble about the liberation of Florence Cassez January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who is serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, after judges said her trial was tainted. Federal officers arrested Cassez, 38, in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, whom they accused of heading a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs. A judge convicted her in 2008 after a closed-door trial with no jury, typical of most cases in Mexico. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Judge Olga Sanchez Cordero (R) sits with other members of a Supreme Court panel as they meet to review the case of French national Florence Cassez, at the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday reviewed the case of Cassez serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating...more

Judge Olga Sanchez Cordero (R) sits with other members of a Supreme Court panel as they meet to review the case of French national Florence Cassez, at the Supreme Court in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday reviewed the case of Cassez serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Agustin Acosta, the defense lawyer of Florence Cassez, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Mexico City January 22, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal...more

Agustin Acosta, the defense lawyer of Florence Cassez, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Mexico City January 22, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities, prompting criticism of Mexico's justice system and protests from France over her treatment. The hearing before the Supreme Court could set the scene for an early release, if the five-judge panel agrees to discount some of the evidence used to convict her. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Bernard Cassez, the father of French national Florence Cassez, arrives at the prison where his daughter is imprisoned in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the...more

Bernard Cassez, the father of French national Florence Cassez, arrives at the prison where his daughter is imprisoned in Mexico City January 23, 2013. Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities, prompting criticism of Mexico's justice system and protests from France over her treatment. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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