State and city police officers, detained on charges of working with organized crime, are lined up during a presentation for journalists at Mexico's military airbase in Tijuana on Thursday, July 29.
Three policewomen arrested last July along with 59 other officers on corruption charges in the Mexican border city of Tijuana have been released from jail due to lack of evidence, defense attorneys and officials told Efe.
A judge threw out the statements of two protected witnesses linking the female officers to drug cartels, defense attorneys said.
Thirty-five other officers, who are being held at a prison in the eastern state of Veracruz, are also being released, attorneys said.
Army troops arrested 62 Tijuana municipal police officers and Baja California state police officers on July 29 for allegedly having links to drug traffickers.
The police officers were taken into custody by soldiers as they reported to work.
The round-up of allegedly corrupt cops was aimed at reducing the violence in Baja California, whose largest city, Tijuana, has endured bloody turf wars between rival drug gangs.
The commander of the 2nd Military Zone, Gen. Alfonso Duarte Mugica, said he was surprised by the judge's ruling, but the army respected the law and would accept it.
The protected witnesses who testified against the officers are former members of the Tijuana drug cartel, which is led by the Arellano Felix family.
The officers should be provided with psychological counseling and compensation for the treatment they received, Baja California state human rights prosecutor Heriberto Garcia said.
Please read original Sign on San Diego/Union Tribune arrests article by Sandra Dibble (in English) here.