Saturday, September 27, 2014

Officer and soldiers in military custody in Mexico

The New York Times reports today that an officer and seven soldiers of the Mexican Army are in military custody in connection with the death of 22 civilians. The Wall Street Journal adds that they are being held for violating military discipline. The issue that will have to be confronted is whether they will be tried in civilian or military court. The Journal's report notes that "[t]he Defense Ministry's statement on Thursday said its investigation was independent of the probes being undertaken by civilian authorities, leaving open the possibility that [the] soldiers could face charges in civilian courts."

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