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Justice: Mexico should release jailed French woman

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Supreme Court justice in Mexico says a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping should be released because authorities violated her rights.

The opinion by Justice Arturo Zaldivar now must be voted on by a five-justice panel. The court released a summary Wednesday.

France and Mexico have had a diplomatic conflict over Florence Cassez, who was accused of helping a kidnapping gang allegedly led by her boyfriend.

Zaldivar argues Mexican police failed to immediately notify French consular officials of Cassez's arrest in 2005.

The opinion also notes that police took Cassez to the scene of the kidnappings for a re-enactment of her detention, when she should have been brought before a court.

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