Mexican court: Military law is unconstitutional

Mexico's Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a key portion of a military law that has broadened the influence of military courts and angered civilian victims seeking justice.

Tuesday's 8-2 ruling says a provision of the Code of Military Justice that claims authority over all crimes committed by soldiers on duty is incompatible with Mexico's constitution. The ruling says it violates a federal law stipulating that military courts should not expand their scope over civilians affected by a case.

The court's majority ruled that soldiers arrested as suspects in the killing of an indigenous man should be transferred to a civilian court.

The Supreme Court has been looking at similar cases in past weeks and is due to issue rulings in four other cases to establish a precedent.