Three women who voluntarily investigated the 2011 massacre of 193 people later discovered that they themselves had been investigated by the prosecutor, possibly because their findings embarrassed the Mexican authorities
The three women said on Wednesday that their phones had been tracked and were under surveillance.
The case involved journalist Marcela Turati, lawyer Ana Lorena Delgadillo, and co-founder Mercedes Doretti of the forensic investigation team.
“This is not only an attack on us, but also an attack on democracy,” Del Gadillo said.
The trio spent several years investigating the “disappearance” cases of approximately 88,000 people in Mexico, most of whom are believed to have been killed by drug cartels, their bodies dumped in shallow graves or burned.
In 2011, the authorities found 48 secret graves in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, containing the bodies of 196 people. The skulls of most people were smashed with sledgehammers, and many were immigrants from Central America.
It was later revealed that the victims were pulled from a passing bus by the old Zetas cartel. If they refused to work for the cartel, they would be forced to fight each other with hammers or be killed.
However, the Federal Attorney General’s Office did not spend time searching for the killer, but decided to investigate suspected organized crime by researchers in 2015 and 2016.
On Wednesday, three investigators appeared at a press conference with human rights organizations and the relatives of the victims in 2011, saying that their investigation poses a threat to the representation of the victims and the identification of the truth.
“We are seeking justice and we are trying to prevent impunity,” Delgadiro said, adding that the three have filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office.
Doretti’s team of forensic experts also participated in the 2014 investigation of the disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero, which embarrassed the government. The prosecutor also mishandled the investigation and filed charges against the former officials in the case.