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On Third Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students in Guerrero, Answers Are Still Few

LADB Article ID: 80433
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-10-04
By: Carlos Navarro

Three years after the disappearance and probable murder of 43 students from a teachers college (Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa Raúl Isidro Burgos) in Guerrero state, authorities have yet to provide satisfactory answers to clarify the situation.The government has detained 120 people suspected of involvement in the disappearances, but none has been formally charged. Many of the individuals who have been detained are members of Guerreros Unidos or other criminal organizations; 71 are suspected—but not yet charged—of kidnapping the students. The government has also failed to take any administrative action against Tomás Zerón, the former head of the federal criminal investigative agency (Agencia de Investigación Criminal, AIC) who is accused of negligence and of covering up evidence during the conduct of the investigation. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration insists that the appropriate authorities are doing everything possible to find answers. In a joint statement on Sept. 25, the attorney general’s office (Procuraduría General de la República, PGR) and the foreign relations ministry (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, SRE) promised that the federal government “would continue to exhaust all means at its disposal” to expand searches and to support the relatives of the students. However, the relatives of the missing students, who have doubted the government’s version from the beginning, refuse to accept the premise that authorities are doing everything possible to arrive at the truth.

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