In Mexico, the Government Commission of Investigation concluded that the 2014 disappearance of 43 students was a ‘state-sponsored crime’ involving federal and state officials.
The commission created by the current administration confirmed that the movements of students from the moment they leave the school campus in Guerrero state until their arrival in Iguala, where they were abducted, are monitored by state authorities.
According to the report, local law enforcement worked with a large cartel group and scouted for the enforced disappearance of students.
The commission also found that the military was watching the students closely and did not take action to rescue them from the local police officers who had helped them disappear.
The report also noted that the students were not taken to a nearby landfill or incinerated, as the previous administration had claimed.
The Commission’s report is based on more than 41,000 documents, including phone calls and messages, as well as 50 videos showing the torture of detainees in the case.
The Mexican army, marines and national guard all provided the Commission with documents, video and information on wiretaps.
“A soldier infiltrated the student group”
The commission also confirmed that a soldier had infiltrated the student group and was on the buses they were using to get to the city; He also noted that this soldier disappeared along with the students.
“There is no evidence that they are alive,” said Alejandro Encinas, Deputy Director of the Mexican Human Rights Commission.
“The criminals will be punished”
The administration at the time argued that only local authorities and cartel members were responsible for the crime.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised the families of missing students that “the criminals will be punished”.
The Mexican army has a barracks just five minutes from where the students were attacked. But the defense minister at the time had claimed that the troops were not on the streets of Iguala on the night of the attack.
A report in the Mexican press reported that there were statements of about 40 soldiers who dispersed all over the city of Iguala that night in search of students who had escaped from the ambush.
To date, the remains of only three of the 43 students have been identified.