Mexico apologizes to woman raped by soldiers

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 10:45 PM
Mexico apologizes to woman raped by soldiers

Mexico's government has publicly apologized for failing to protect the rights of an indigenous woman raped by soldiers in 2002.

Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire offered what he called "the most sincere of apologies" to Valentina Rosendo on Thursday.

Rosendo is a Me'phaa Indian who took her case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights after failing to get justice in Mexico.

She was washing clothes in a river in southern Guerrero state when eight soldiers approached her and asked her about a suspect. When she said she didn't know anything, two soldiers beat and raped her.

The Costa Rica-based court last year ordered Mexico to apologize and have civilian authorities investigate. Federal prosecutors are now in charge of the probe.