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Human rights body intervenes in Mexican custody case

March 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has sided with the ex-wife of a former Mexican governor as she tries to regain access to their three children.

In a statement Monday, the commission said it requested that Mexican authorities take precautionary measures to protect the children of Maude Versini and Arturo Montiel, the former governor of Mexico state.

Following their 2007 divorce, Versini was awarded custody and the children resided with her in France. But after spending the holidays with their father, a mentor to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, in Mexico in 2011, they did not return to France.

The measure also calls for a system of visits to be instituted that guarantees the children’s access to their mother. The commission found the children “in a serious and urgent situation.”

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