Mexico Army Slayings Raise Doubts About Accountability, Rule of Law

State authorities seal off a warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of San Pedro Limon (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).
State authorities seal off a warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of San Pedro Limon (AP photo by Rebecca Blackwell).

The story out of San Pedro Limon keeps changing. First, Mexican soldiers had killed 22 gang members in a late June shootout in a warehouse in the rural town some 95 miles southwest of Mexico City, according to the army’s official account. Then the Associated Press sent reporters to San Pedro Limon, where they found evidence not of a shootout but a massacre. A witness said that all but one of the gang members had actually surrendered before they were executed. Months passed before an official government investigation in mid-September, after which the Mexican Defense Department arrested an army officer […]

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