MEXICO CITY (AP) — Six of the 43 faculty students “disappeared” in 2014 have been allegedly stored alive in a warehouse for days then turned over to the native army commander who ordered them killed, the Mexican authorities official main a Truth Commission stated Friday.
Interior Undersecretary Alejandro Encinas made the surprising revelation instantly tying the army to one of Mexico’s worst human rights scandals, and it got here with little fanfare as he made a prolonged protection of the fee’s report launched per week earlier.
Last week, regardless of declaring the abductions and disappearances a “state crime” and saying that the army watched it occur with out intervening, Encinas made no point out of six students being turned over to Col. José Rodríguez Pérez.
On Friday, Encinas stated authorities have been carefully monitoring the students from the unconventional lecturers’ faculty at Ayotzinapa from the time they left their campus by means of their abduction by native police within the city of Iguala that night time. A soldier who had infiltrated the college was among the many kidnapped students, and Encinas asserted the army didn’t comply with its personal protocols and check out to rescue him.
“There is also information corroborated with emergency 089 telephone calls where allegedly six of the 43 disappeared students were held during several days and alive in what they call the old warehouse and from there were turned over to the colonel,” Encinas stated. “Allegedly the six students were alive for as many as four days after the events and were killed and disappeared on orders of the colonel, allegedly the then Col. José Rodríguez Pérez.”
The protection division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark in regards to the allegations Friday.
The function of the army within the students’ disappearance has lengthy been a supply of pressure between the households and the federal government. From the start, there have been questions in regards to the army’s data of what occurred and its potential involvement. The students’ mother and father demanded for years that they be allowed to search the army base in Iguala. It was not till 2019 that they have been given entry together with Encinas and the Truth Commission.
The fee report says the army registered an nameless emergency name on Sept. 30, 2014, 4 days after the students’ abduction. The caller reportedly stated the students have been being held in a big concrete warehouse in a location described as “Pueblo Viejo.” The caller proceeded to describe the placement.
That entry was adopted by a number of pages of redacted materials, however that part of the report concluded with the next: “As can be seen, obvious collusion existed between agents of the Mexican state with the criminal group Guerreros Unidos that tolerated, allowed and participated in events of violence and disappearance of the students, as well as the government’s attempt to hide the truth about the events.”
Later, in a abstract of how the fee’s report differed from the unique investigation’s conclusions, there may be point out of a colonel.
“On Sept. 30 ‘the colonel’ mentions that they will take care of cleaning everything up and that they had already taken charge of the six students who had remained alive,” the report stated.
In a witness assertion offered to federal investigators in (*43*) 2014, Capt. José Martínez Crespo, who was stationed on the base in Iguala, stated the bottom commander for the twenty seventh Infantry Battalion on the time was Col. José Rodriguez Pérez.
Through a driving rain later Friday, the households of the 43 missing students marched in Mexico City with a pair hundred different folks as they’ve on the twenty sixth of each month for years.
Parents carried posters of their kids’s faces and rows of present students from the lecturers’ faculty marched, shouted requires justice and counted off to 43. Their indicators proclaimed that the combat for justice continued and asserted: “It was the State.”
Clemente Rodríguez marched for his son Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre, who was a second scholar recognized by a tiny burned bone fragment.
Rodríguez stated the households had been instructed final week earlier than the report was launched in regards to the coronel and the six students.
“It’s not by omission anymore. It’s that they participated,” he stated of the army. “It was the state, the three levels of government participated.”
He stated the households had not been instructed that any of the arrest orders introduced final week for members of armed forces had been carried out but.
On Sept. 26, 2014, native police took the students off buses they’d commandeered in Iguala. The motive for the police motion stays unclear eight years later. Their our bodies have by no means been discovered, although fragments of burned bone have been matched to three of the students.
Last week, federal brokers arrested former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam, who oversaw the unique investigation. On Wednesday, a choose ordered that he stand trial for pressured disappearance, not reporting torture and official misconduct. Prosecutors allege Murillo Karam created a false narrative about what occurred to the students to rapidly seem to resolve the case.
Authorities additionally stated final week that arrest warrants have been issued for 20 troopers and officers, 5 native officers, 33 native law enforcement officials and 11 state law enforcement officials in addition to 14 gang members. Neither the army nor prosecutors have stated what number of of these suspects are in custody.
It was additionally not instantly clear if Rodríguez Pérez was amongst these sought.
Rodríguez, the scholar’s father, stated Murillo Karam’s arrest was a optimistic step.
Murillo Karam “was the one who told us the soldiers couldn’t be touched,” Rodríguez stated. “And now it’s being discovered that it was the state that participated.”
In a joint assertion, the households stated the Truth Commission’s affirmation that it was a “state crime” was important after components suggesting that through the years.
However, they stated the report nonetheless didn’t satisfactorily reply their most vital query.
“Mothers and fathers need indubitable scientific evidence as to the fate of our children,” the assertion stated. “We can’t go home with preliminary signs that don’t fully clear up where they are and what happened to them.”
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has given Mexico’s army monumental duty. The armed forces should not solely on the middle of his safety technique, however they’ve taken over administration of the seaports and been given duty for constructing a brand new airport for the capital and a vacationer prepare on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The president has stated typically that the army and navy are the least corrupt establishments and have his confidence.