Mexico court orders release of jailed Frenchwoman Cassez

MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who is serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, after judges said her trial was tainted.

Federal officers arrested Cassez, 38, in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, whom they accused of heading a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs.

A judge convicted her in 2008 after a closed-door trial with no jury, typical of most cases in Mexico.

Her lawyers had said Cassez's rights were violated before her conviction, which took place after a televised police recreation of her arrest, in which she was portrayed as a kidnapper. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Sandra Maler)