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Mexico to carry out new probe in missing students’ case

Mexico’s attorney general says a fresh investigation will be carried out into the case of the 43 students who went missing in the country last year, following an independent report that questioned the government’s account of the incident.

Arely Gomez said on Sunday that a new forensic team would be sent to the area where the government claims the bodies of the students were incinerated at a garbage dump after they were killed.

‘Not borne out by evidence’

The comments came shortly after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said in a 500-page report that there was no evidence suggesting that the students had been burnt after they went missing in the state of Guerrero last September.

“We have no evidence to support where the disappeared are,” IACHR member Carlos Beristain said on Sunday during a presentation of the report in Mexico City.

The experts said that investigations, which are based on the work of a well-known fire expert, showed that “no evidence exists to support the theory based on the statements that the 43 bodies were cremated” at the Cocula landfill on September 27, 2014, the day after they went missing.

Government cover-up?

Torero said the theory that they were burned could not have been possible given the “conditions needed for what would be the minimum amount of fire necessary to cremate 43 bodies.”

The experts also said serious flaws existed in the official investigation into the case, including evidence in the case having been covered up, lost, or destroyed.

The relatives and friends of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa attend a press conference of experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in Mexico City, September 6, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

 

According to the Mexican government, the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel has confessed to killing and burning the remains of the students after receiving them from gang-linked police forces.

However, IACHR experts say confessions were made after torture.

Meanwhile, rights group Amnesty International also said the report showed the government’s “absolute incompetence” and “lack of will to find and punish those responsible.”

According to a student who escaped, the students were attacked and detained by police as they were traveling on bus in the city of Iguala to attend a protest. Six of the students were reportedly killed on the scene, while many others were taken into custody and never seen again.

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