The Mexican Soldiers and Police Shown Torturing a Woman in a Video Will Face Trial

VICE NEWS — Two soldiers and three federal police officers have been ordered to stand trial for torture following the publication of a video in which three of them are seen partially suffocating a woman with a plastic bag.

The filmed interrogation took place in February 2015 in the small town of Ajuchitlán that is located in a particularly drug-war ravaged part of the beleaguered southern state of Guerrero. The civilian courts, however, did not get involved until after a film of it was posted on YouTube earlier this month and caused a furor.

The video shows the two soldiers and one police officer pressuring the woman to answer questions with the help of the plastic bag. It also shows them putting a gun to her head. The woman was later named as 24-year-old Elvira Santibañez, an alleged member of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

The images have fueled long-standing allegations that Mexican security forces systematically use torture, particularly in the context of their military-led efforts to crackdown on organized criminal groups.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government has vigorously rejected numerous critical reports by national and international human rights groups.

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