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Mexico May Release French Woman Convicted for Kidnapping

In a undated photo, French national Florence Cassez listens to her lawyer in prison in Mexico City. The Court will propose her "immediate and absolute" release, March 7, 2012.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has welcomed a motion by Mexico's Supreme Court justice to release a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping.

The French leader was quoted Thursday as saying, the decision to overturn Florence Cassez's sentence was "the first good news in five and half years."

The judge said in his ruling, Cassez was denied immediate access to an attorney, and was not presented before prosecutors in due time following her arrest in 2005.

Prosecutors accused Cassez of being involved in a Mexican kidnapping gang, the Zodiacs, allegedly led by her boyfriend.

She has denied involvement in any kidnappings.

The final decision on Cassez's release lies with a panel of five Mexican judges set to vote on the justice's motion.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.