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Mexican Court Allows New Investigation of Rights Activist's Death

A Mexican court has ruled an investigation into the mysterious death of a prominent human rights activist more than three years ago should be re-opened.

Internationally known human rights attorney Digna Ochoa was found dead in her Mexico City office in October 2001, after being shot in the head. Prosecutors ruled the death a suicide.

Ms. Ochoa's family and human rights groups have long said she was murdered, and filed an appeal.

At the time of her death, Ms. Ochoa was looking into abuses by police and the army, and had reported receiving numerous death threats.

Mexico City prosecutors reacted to Friday's court decision with a statement saying they would be willing to repeat some testing and procedures of their investigation.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.