The Mexican president has promised that this "state crime will be tried", while the prosecution has announced that the investigation will be resumed "virtually zero".
" No forgiveness, no forgetting! Thousands of demonstrators came to commemorate the disappearance, five years earlier, of the 43 student teachers at the Ayotzinapa school in southwestern Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 26 in Mexico City. Their fate remains a mystery. The investigation turned into a fiasco. More than half of the defendants were released on procedural grounds. The president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ("AMLO"), has promised to shed light on this riddle that has become the emblem of the flaws in Mexican justice.
The portrait of their son in their hands, the relatives of the missing were, on Thursday, at the head of procession, the faces marked by a tragedy that upset the Mexican society. On the night of September 26 to 27, 2014, the buses carrying these students from a training school for Guerrero State teachers were attacked in the town of Iguala by rogue police officers who allegedly handed over 43 of them. them to the killers of a local cartel.
What have they become ? The question remains unresolved while the prosecution has just announced that the investigation will be resumed "virtually zero". And for good reason: 77 of the 142 defendants were released. A judge rejected two-thirds of the evidence presented by investigators accused of torture for confessing. A total of 158 procedural irregularities were reported, involving 83 defendants, including 24 police officers from Iguala released in mid-September.
" This state crime will be judged! "Hammered, Thursday," AMLO "who wore the T-shirt of the parents' group of 43 missing. Since taking office in December 2018, the first left-wing president in Mexico's recent history has made the Ayotzinapa case the banner of his declared thirst for justice in a country with more than 40,000 enforced disappearances. most remained unpunished. "AMLO" created a truth commission, then a special investigation unit, dedicated to the case. Objective: to resume the investigation. The latter, launched under the mandate of the previous president, Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), concluded with the death of students, burned at a stake in a landfill near Iguala. Their remains were reportedly thrown into a river. An official version rejected by the relatives of the victims. "After five years of pain, we demand justice against those responsible for this lie"Joaquina Garcia, the mother of one of the missing, was beaten at the end of an event marked by acts of vandalism on the part of small groups of thugs.
The day before, the special prosecutor in charge of the case, Omar Gomez, announced an upcoming hearing of Jesus Murillo Karam, former Minister of Justice, and Tomas Zéron, former director of the criminal investigation agency, suspected of falsifying evidence. On Thursday, Mr. Gomez told the press that a dozen new tracks have been explored to try to find the missing without giving details. This research has identified 200 clandestine pits and 184 bodies, of which 44 identified. " None corresponds to 43 students Said Gomez.
A resolution hailed by the representatives of the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights who, with the government of "AMLO", have concluded cooperation agreements concerning the new investigation. Same recognition from the lawyer of the parents of the 43 missing, Vidulfo Rosales, who nevertheless criticized the slowness of the investigation. Time is of the essence: procedural flaws in the past could lead to further release of defendants in the coming days.