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Juarez Family Accuses Mexican Army of Torture and Homicide

El Diario de Juarez, Posted: Apr 11, 2009

JUAREZ, Mexico -- Presumed members of the Mexican Army reportedly picked up two Benito Jurez residents on Tuesday and, after allegedly torturing them for two days, left them behind Eagle Mountain on Thursday night, where one of them died, reports El Diario de Juarez. Sergio Fernandez walked to his mother's house and told her that his friend Javier Eduardo Rosales Rosales, 21, had died. The body was found 24 hours later in a search by family and friends.

Rosales's family is asking for justice and punishment for the members of the military who they say took their son. The medical forensic report found that the victim had abrasions on his face, abdomen and feet and state experts said he was beaten badly, reports El Diario.

For his safety, Fernandez's mother transfered him to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. The entire family has moved to the neighboring city for fear of retaliation, and considers their lives to be in danger.

El Diario attempted to get the Mexican Army's official version of what happened but the military's spokesperson in Juarez did not respond.

In an interview with a TV station, Fernandez said that he and Rosales were taken into a room where they were tortured so that they would give up the address of a local drug dealer, El Diario reports. He claimed that Rosales was more badly beaten because he had a tattoo and, he said, they thought he was a member of the gang The Aztecs.

A special crime unit is now investigating the homicide, reports El Diario.

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