Mexico finds policewoman linked to torture video

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Mexico City (AFP)

Mexican authorities said Friday they have located a policewoman linked to an unsettling torture video in which a sobbing female suspect is handcuffed and asphyxiated with a plastic bag.

An investigation is under way to determine whether the policewoman is the same one seen in the video carrying out the abuse, a spokesman for the Mexico's National Security Commission said.

An army captain and a female soldier who also torment the suspect in the video by putting the muzzle of an assault rifle to her head were arrested in January and charged with disobeying orders.

The video -- which is widely circulating on social media -- is said to capture an incident that took place in February 2015 in the town of Ajuchitlan del Progreso, in the southern state of Guerrero. The defense ministry said it only learned of it last December.

The attorney general's office has opened a torture investigation, while the federal police said its internal affairs department had launched its own probe.

In the video, a federal police officer is seen twice tightly wrapping a plastic bag around the female suspect's head while one of the officials asks her, "Are you going to talk?"

The suspect, who is sobbing throughout the ordeal, answers: "Who's Maria? I don't know her."

It is the latest allegation of abuse committed by security forces in Mexico, who are often accused of violent acts against civilians, including murder.