Three women who volunteered to investigate the 2011 massacre of 193 people later found out that they had been investigated by prosecutors, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities.
November 24, 2021, 8:55 pm
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MEXICO CITY – Three women who volunteered to investigate the massacre of 196 people in 2011 discover that they have been subjugated. Investigation by prosecutors, perhaps because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities.
The three women said on Wednesday that their phone calls had been traced and they were being placed under surveillance.
The case concerns journalist Marcella Turati, attorney Ana Lorena Delgadillo and Mercedes Doretti, co-founder of a forensic investigation team.
“This is not just an attack against us, this is an attack on democracy,” Delgadillo said.
He spent the three years investigating the “disappearances” of some 88,000 people in Mexico, most believed to have been killed by drug cartels, dumped in shallow graves or burned.
In 2011, authorities found 48 secret graves containing the bodies of 196 people in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. The skulls of most of them were crushed with heavy hammers, many of them were immigrants from Central America.
It was later revealed that the victims had been pulled from passing buses by the old drug gang Zetas, forced to fight each other with hammers or be killed, if they refused to work with the cartel.
But instead of spending its time searching for killers, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office decided to investigate researchers in 2015 and 2016 over alleged violations of organized crime.
And the three investigators appeared, Wednesday, in a press conference with human rights groups and relatives of the victims who were killed in 2011, to say that the investigation with them constitutes a threat to the victims’ rights to representation and knowledge of the truth.
“We were seeking justice, we were trying to prevent impunity,” Delgadillo said, adding that the three had filed a complaint against the attorney general’s office.
My patrol’s team of forensic experts was also involved in investigating the disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero in 2014, an issue that also embarrassed the government. Prosecutors also mishandled this investigation, and charges were brought against former officials in that case.