Elements of the Secretariat of the Navy carry out an operation in February Margarito Pérez / Cuartoscuro
Thirty soldiers were detained by the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic to be investigated for their alleged participation in the forced disappearance of different people in 2014 in the State of Tamaulipas, in the north of the country, as reported on Monday by the Secretary of the Navy in a statement.
The arrests were made on April 9 after the arrest warrants were issued.
The naval troops were carrying out surveillance and deterrence tasks when they allegedly committed "acts contrary to the performance of their duties."
The Prosecutor's Office is now conducting the corresponding investigations.
In a statement, the Secretary of the Navy has clarified: "In accordance with the principle of presumption of innocence that governs criminal matters, the innocence of the naval personnel involved is presumed as long as the judge of the case does not declare their responsibility by means of a conviction" .
The Navy, the letter continues, "collaborates so that the authorities in charge of administering and seeking justice in Mexico are the ones who carry out the necessary investigations."
In 2014, Tamaulipas, in the north of the country, had been convulsed for years by drug trafficking violence and wars between rival factions.
This continuous challenge, which sowed the territory with hundreds of corpses, reached such proportions that it threatened to question the authority of the then president, Enrique Peña Nieto, in this border area with the United States.
To stop this escalation, Peña Nieto, of the PRI, ordered a forceful deployment in May that put the security of Tamaulipas under military control.
This militarization, framed within the so-called war against drugs that began during the government of Felipe Calderón, pursued three goals: to “dismantle” criminal groups through intelligence work, to seal the routes of trafficking in people, drugs, weapons and money, as well as how to create "trustworthy" security institutions.
Before the announcement, between February and May, however, the city of Nuevo Laredo, of about 600,000 inhabitants, had registered the arrest of up to 30 people with no apparent links to organized crime who were arrested by the Armed Forces without being his whereabouts were to be heard again.
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