A state government in Mexico says officials will be punished for any abuses committed during the cover-up of the slaying by soldiers of at least a dozen criminal suspects after they surrendered.
The government of Mexico State, just west of Mexico City, had initial responsibility for investigating the June 2014 bloodshed.
Two survivors of the killings told The Associated Press that state detectives and prosecutors’ agents tortured and threatened them to go along with the army’s version that the suspects had been killed in a shootout with troops.
State prosecutor Jose Manzur told a congressional committee Thursday that the witnesses are now considered victims and that money is available to pay them reparations.
Manzur said officials found guilty of abusing the witnesses will “be given exemplary punishments under the law.”