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World Court: U.S. Must Stay 3 Executions (english)
05 Feb 2003
World Court: U.S. Must Stay 3 Executions
The United States must temporarily stay the execution of three Mexican citizens on U.S. death row, the World Court ruled Wednesday.

In a unanimous decision, the 15-judge panel said the delay was needed while the U.N. court investigated whether the men _ and 48 other Mexicans on U.S. death row _ were given their right to legal help from the Mexican government.

The World Court, officially known as the International Court of Justice, is the U.N.'s court for resolving disputes between nations. It has no power to enforce its decisions, and the United States has disregarded rulings in the past.

Reading Wednesday's decision, Presiding Judge Gilbert Guillaume said the court supported Mexico's argument that executing the men would cause "irreparable" damage to their rights if the court later finds in Mexico's favor.

"The United States shall take all measures necessary to ensure that (the men) are not executed pending final judgment in these proceedings," he said.

The men whose executions have temporarily been barred are Cesar Fierro, Roberto Ramos and Osvaldo Torres Aguilera, all of whom had exhausted their U.S. appeals and whose execution dates were to be scheduled.
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