Mexico sentences 8 soldiers to 26 years for helping Los Zetas cartel

5/1/2017 United Press International 

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A Mexican court martial in the Veracruz state has sentenced eight soldiers to more than 26 years imprisonment for collaborating with members of the Los Zetas cartel.

The soldiers were found guilty on charges of organized crime and crimes against the public health for giving Los Zetas members information about military operations in exchange for payment, El Universal reported.

The soldiers have been fired from their positions and must also pay a fine of about $800. In the court martial, one soldier was acquitted and immediately released.

Seven other soldiers were arrested and detained but were granted special protection after it was revealed some were possibly tortured in attempts to coerce a confession.

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