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Wed Sep 4, 2019, 01:58 PM

Mexico's president seeks inquiry into botched investigation of 43 missing students

Source: The Guardian

Mexico's president seeks inquiry into botched investigation of 43 missing students

López Obrador makes announcement following release of alleged leader of local drug gang believed to have killed the students

David Agren and agencies in Mexico City
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Wed 4 Sep 2019 17.18 BSTLast modified on Wed 4 Sep 2019 18.04 BST

Mexico’s president has promised to investigate the botched investigation into the abduction and disappearance of 43 teacher trainees in 2014 – one of the country’s most notorious crimes and an atrocity the then government tried to downplay as a minor local matter.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador made the announcement on Wednesday following the release of an alleged leader of the local drug gang believed to have killed the missing students who were abducted by corrupt police officers in the town of Iguala.

Experts say the release of Gildardo López Astudillo sets a precedent that could lead to the release of 50 more suspects in a case that has come to symbolize Mexico’s human rights crisis.

Another 142 suspects have already been set free, said Alejandro Encinas, deputy interior secretary. He blamed authorities’ fabrication of evidence, use of torture and a general cover-up for destroying a case where real evidence existed to prosecute those responsible.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/04/mexico-missing-students-amlo-inquiry-botched-investigation

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