Four Mexico City police officers are in jail, arrested in connection to the abduction and mass murder of twelve people from an after-hours bar. Shannon Young reports.

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A fourth Mexico City police officer was arrested today, a week after the first was was taken into custody. A total of 18 people have been arrested in connection to the so-called “Heaven Case,” named after the bar where the 12 kidnapping victims were last seen alive.

The mass abduction in May of mostly young people from the bar in Mexico City’s posh Zona Rosa district immediately became a high profile case, despite the years of kidnappings and massacres wracking the country.

All twelve victims were from the Tepito neighborhood, known for its black market, rough and tumble reputation, and close knit community in a mega city where neighbors are often strangers.

After the kidnapping, relatives of the victims blocked major intersections to draw media attention and demand law enforcement action. After an anonymous tip, the bodies of all 12 – plus that of another person – were found last month in a mass grave outside of Mexico City.

The attorney for the victims’ families says as many as thirty people may have been involved in the abduction and kidnapping. Allegations against police and soldiers accused of participating in enforced disappearances often go uninvestigated and unpunished in Mexico.

(Transcript of headline produced for the Sept. 24, 2013 broadcast of FSRN.)

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