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Mexico apologizes in woman's 2002 rape by soldiers

March 6, 2012
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MEXICO CITY—The Mexican government has acknowledged that it failed to protect the rights of an indigenous woman beaten and raped by soldiers, and has publicly apologized to her.

Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said Tuesday he offered apologies to Ines Fernandez for the crimes committed a decade ago and promised to conduct a civilian investigation, rather than a military one.

Fernandez is a Me'phaa Indian of the southern state of Guerrero. In the same case, the government apologized to Valentina Rosendo in December.

Both women took the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights after a military investigation resulted in no charges.

The court ruled in 2010 Mexico must apologize to the women and have civilian prosecutors investigate.

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