Cassez also called during her news conference for the guilty — ‘‘the real guilty,’’ she called them — to be held to account. But she insisted her own innocence wasn’t in doubt. ‘‘The court clearly understood that this absolute and immediate release was for innocence,’’ she said.
But Ezequiel Elizalde, a kidnap victim who testified against Cassez, told local media that the ruling was fundamentally unfair. ‘‘I suffered for 65 days. Florence Cassez lived like a queen in prison,’’ said Elizalde.
Anti-crime activists in Mexico said that it was simply another blow to victims.
‘‘I can’t believe that the highest house of justice in a chaotic country like we’re seeing with insecurity would only rule in favor of the human rights of a convicted criminal,’’ Isabel Miranda de Wallace told Mexican media. ‘‘Today they gave us the message that victims don’t count ... the message today is impunity.’’
Associated Press writers Lori Hinnant in Paris and Katherine Corcoran, Olga R. Rodriguez and E. Eduardo Castillo in Mexico City contributed to this report.