16 Soldiers Detained in Connection with Nuevo Laredo Executions

Photo: Sedena


At least 16 members of the Mexican Army have been detained in connection with the alleged extrajudicial executions of five civilians in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, last month, the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) reported late Saturday, June 10.

The detainees are suspects in the allegedly shooting of five unarmed youths execution style in the northern border town that was seen in a video that surfaced earlier this month and went viral on social media, leading to public outrage against the Mexican military.

All 16 suspects have been sent to Military Camp Number 1 to await a court-martial trial, Sedena said in a written statement.

The statement specified that the Sedena arrests were independent of an investigation currently being carried out by the Attorney Genera’s Office, with which the Army will collaborate.

“These orders were carried out with absolute respect for due process and the human rights of the accused,” the Sedena said in its statement.

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