Mexican cops found guilty in horrific murder of 17 migrants near US border
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico - Eleven Mexican former police officers were found guilty on Thursday in the murder of 17 migrants who were shot and burned near the US border, prosecutors said.
The prosecutor's office said in a statement it had "managed to obtain a conviction" against 11 police officers charged with homicide, while another one was found guilty of abuse of office.
After a trial that lasted more than three months, judge Patricio Lugo Jaramillo ruled there was enough evidence to convict the former police officers.
The killings took place on January 21, 2021, in the community of Santa Anita in Tamaulipas state, close to the border with Texas, where 16 migrants from Guatemala and one from Honduras were headed.
The victims "lost their lives due to gunshot wounds and were subsequently incinerated", the prosecutor's statement read.
Bodies of victims burned
Initially, 12 police officers were charged with murder, but one of them had the charge softened to abuse of authority in exchange for cooperating with the investigation.
The charred bodies were found in a truck in the municipality of Camargo, an area of disputes between drug cartels near the frontier with the US state of Texas.
A total of 19 bodies were discovered, including the remains of two Mexicans who, authorities said, were human traffickers who were going to take the migrants to the border.
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