Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says that marines illegally detained, beat, and executed four people who were doing farm work near a government fuel pipeline
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Thursday that marines illegally detained, beat and executed four people who were doing farm work near a government fuel pipeline.
Marines and soldiers were massively deployed in 2019 to guard the pipelines. The pipelines often run through fields and look-outs for the thieves frequently pose as farm workers.
The commission said evidence indicates a marine patrol stripped and beat men who were gathering forage, then took them to a remote area and killed them. Their bodies were found days later.
The commission recommended the marines be investigated and prosecuted, and the victim’s relatives be compensated.
The Navy said in a statement in 2019 that the marines had found the men stealing fuel, but acknowledged the marines appear to have “acted against legal procedures” and “committed acts that violated their duty.” The navy said at the time that the marines involved had been made available to prosecutors.
The Navy said Thursday it would comply with the commission’s recommendations.