Mexico rejects call for transfer of convicted woman
President Felipe Calderon has rejected a call from France for the repatriation of a French citizen sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping.Mexioca City – Mexican President Felipe Calderon has rejected a new call from his French counterpart for the repatriation of a French citizen sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping.
Calderon rejected the latest request by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for Florence Cassez to be transferred from Mexico to France.
"The conditions have not been met that would allow for Cassez to serve out the rest of the sentence imposed by a Mexican court in France," Calderon said in a statement released by Mexico's Foreign Ministry.
Mexico has refused to allow Cassez to be transferred for fear that she will have her sentenced reduced by a French court.
Mexican law does not allow for reductions in prison sentences.
Sarkozy and Calderon discussed Cassez's case during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this week's G8 summit in Italy, with the French leader repeating a longstanding request for her return.
The 34-year-old woman was arrested in December 2005 and sentenced to 60 years in prison for her involvement in a kidnapping ring.
She has maintained that she is innocent and called to be allowed to return to France.
AFP / Expatica