The case of 43 missing students in Mexico, who are presumed dead, has been re-opened after the investigation’s conclusions were heavily criticized for inaccuracies by international advocacy groups and the victims’ families. The investigation’s re-opening comes a few days after the government released the entirety of the case documents online.
After heavy criticism and pressure from parents, relatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Mexican government agreed to re-open the investigation for the missing 43 students on Tuesday. The government said it will welcome recommendations by the IACHR, but will not allow them to interview the military troops involved in the case, Roberto Campa Cifrian, the deputy secretary for human rights at the Mexico Interior Department has said, according to the L.A. Times.
As the BBC reports, the re-launch will implement the IACHR recommendations and will carry out the new investigations through coordinated actions with the missing students’ families.
The new investigations will be conducted by a new task force that will use satellite technology and drones to support the procedures, said Mexico deputy attorney general for human rights Eber Betanzos.
The students disappeared in September 2014 in the city of Iguala. Allegedly corrupt local police handed the male students over to a drug gang who killed them and then burned their bodies in a dump site nearby, according to official statements.
However, a recently released report by an IACHR group of independent experts reveals inaccuracies and flaws in the official version of what happened. The group points out that it was physically or logistically possible to incinerate the bodies and then discard the ashes in the river. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) also pointed out flaws in the conclusions drawn by the Mexican government, Al-Jazeera America says.
The IACHR will together with the Mexican government map out the new line of investigations. IACHR experts are hopeful they will be allowed to question the military, a crucial aspect of the investigations, the IACHR group says.
The re-launched investigations will be carried out by Betanzos at the Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office and will focus on the dump site in the small town of Cocula where the bodies were allegedly incinerated, Latino Fox News reports.