Woman in Mexican torture video in prison on weapons charge

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 5:37 AM

The executive who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak about the case said her case was ongoing and could be affected by Thursday'south release of the video.

Woman in Mexican torture video in prison on weapons charge

A woman seen being tortured by two soldiers and a federal police officer in a widely circulated video has been in prison for more than a year on weapons charges, two federal security executive said Friday.

The executive who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak about the case said her case was ongoing and could be affected by Thursday'south release of the video.

In it, a female military police officer is seen interrogating the woman. She pulls the woman'south hair and puts the muzzle of a rifle against her head. Later, a blue-uniformed federal police officer puts the woman'south head interior a plastic bag until she nearly passes out.

The video spurred public outrage for its graphic depiction of famous investigative tactics.

It was announced Friday that Mexico'south defense secretary on Saturday would urge troops to respect human rights.

The female soldier and army Capt shown in the video are being held in a military prison. The female federal police officer was located Friday and is being held in a federal police installation, one of the sources said. She'd not been charged.

The army had confirmed the authenticity of the video and said Thursday that the incident occurred Feb. five, two thousand fifteen, in Ajuchitlan del Progreso in the southern state of Guerrero, where there has been a massive deployment of soldiers and federal police to combat drug cartels.

The attorney general'south office said Thursday it'd opened a torture investigation.

Human rights defender Amnesty International said Thursday that the video illustrates the techniques used by security forces and should sustain arguments that the armed forces shouldn't be handling public safety.

In the past, some suspects have been freed after it was proven they were tortured. Human rights organizations have also documented cases where innocent people were tortured into making confessions.

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