22 arbitrarily executed by Mexican police, human rights probe finds
Published 18/08/2016 | 22:31
Twenty-two people were arbitrarily executed by federal police on a ranch in Mexico last year, according to the National Human Rights Commission.
The commission's president Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said the investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces in the western state of Michoacan.
The government said the dead were drug cartel suspects hiding on a ranch in Tanhuato, near the border with Jalisco state. One police officer was killed in the confrontation on May 22 2015.
The lopsided death toll of 42 to one led to suspicions of extra-judicial killings.
The government refused to release the post-mortem reports for the victims. The government's transparency watchdog earlier said there was no evidence to indicate human rights violations.