MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government announced it will distribute more than 50 million pesos ($3.3 million) to the families of 22 civilians killed by soldiers in a June 2014 incident that has become known as the Tlatlaya massacre.
The Executive Commission on Assistance to Victims, or CEAV, said in a statement it has begun integral reparation actions as recommended by the independent National Human Rights Commission.
“It is estimated that the total amount to all affected families will be over 50 million pesos ($3.3 million),” the CEAV said.
In Tlatlaya, the military committed offenses such as “arbitrary deprivation of life, arbitrary use of force, torture and inhumane treatment, as well as violation of the right to true information and access to justice,” the human rights commission concluded last October.
Mexico’s defense department initially said that 22 suspected members of a kidnapping gang died in a gunfight with army troops.
But a witness subsequently came forward to say that only one of the civilians died in the confrontation, while the others were summarily executed after undergoing interrogation.
An investigation by the Attorney General’s office found that 14 people died in the firefight and the other eight were killed after they surrendered.
The human rights commission conducted its own probe, concluding that 15 of the 22 victims were executed.
Seven soldiers are being prosecuted for malfeasance in connection with the Tlatlaya incident. Three of the seven face additional charges that include homicide and tampering with evidence.