Mexico eyes legal action against ICC case 'slander'

MEXICO CITY - Mexico is exploring legal action against activists who asked the International Criminal Court to investigate officials for allowing subordinates to kill and torture civilians as the government battles against drug gangs, President Felipe Calderon's office said on Sunday.
Calderon's office called the accusations "absurd" and said the security policy of a democratic state that investigates human rights abuses could not be compared to the war crimes committed by authoritarian states.
"The allegations against the Mexican government are clearly unfounded and out of order," the statement said.
"They constitute in themselves clear slander, reckless accusations that hurt not only people and institutions, but also terribly affect the good name of Mexico, for which (the government) will explore all the alternatives to legally act against those who make them in different forums and courts, national and international," it said.
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