The Mexican army said Monday that it has detained two of its soldiers in connection with the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl and that they will be discharged in order to face charges in a civilian court.
Each of the soldiers had completed about two years of service, according to a statement issued by the army's Fifth Military Zone in the northern state of Chihuahua.
The army "will not cover up for any member of the armed forces who commits a crime," said the statement, which noted that the soldiers were detained Saturday. A third civilian suspect is still at large, the statement said.
In July, Mexico's supreme court said military violations of citizens' civil rights should be tried in civilian courts, but stopped short of requiring it.
Chihuahua state prosecutors' spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said the two soldiers were detained Friday, hours after the girl's parents reported she had been abducted.