Mexico will seek a new investigation into whether the 43 students who disappeared after being abducted by corrupt cops in southwest Mexico last year were burned in a dump, after an independent report dismissed the official account.
The report, commissioned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and conducted by respected investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain, categorically rejected the government’s assertion that the 43 students were incinerated in the dump in the town of Cocula.
“We will request a new investigation led by a group of forensic investigators of the highest prestige,” Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gómez said in Mexico City, adding that the government will seek to extend the stay of the independent experts so they can keep investigating.
The IACHR report presented Sunday dismantled the Mexican government’s investigation into last year’s disappearance of 43 teachers’ college students, saying the prosecutor’s contention that they were incinerated in a giant pyre never happened and fueling the anger of parents who have gone nearly a year not knowing what happened to their sons and daughters.
Parents of the students demanded a meeting with President Enrique Peña , who has agreed to personally meet with them on a date yet to be determined.
“We will not accept another lie from the government,” said Blanca Nava Vélez, mother of Jorge Álvarez Nava, one of the Ayotzinapa victims.
While the government said the Sept. 26, 2014 attack was a case of mistaken identity, the report said it was a violent and coordinated reaction to the students, who were hijacking buses for transportation to a demonstration and may have unknowingly interfered with a drug shipment on one of the buses. Iguala is known as a transport hub for heroin going to the United States, particularly Chicago, some of it by bus, the report said.
The report means that nearly a year after the disappearance, the fate of 42 of the students remains a mystery, given the errors, omissions and false conclusions outlined in more than 400 pages by the experts assembled by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
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