Mexican Officials Blocked Ayotzinapa Massacre Investigation
EspañolMexican authorities impeded on an investigation into the massacre of Ayotzinapa students, according to an April 24 report released by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).
In the 608-page report, the GIEI argued “the investigation ran into difficulties that cannot be attributed exclusively to the complexity of a case of this magnitude.”
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Experts from Spain, Colombia, Chile and Guatemala said they had difficulty reading the case as a “series of partial obstacles or roadblocks” made by the federal authorities working under Enrique Peña Nieto‘s administration.
Instead, they said the Attorney General’s office (PGR) in charge of investigating the case “delayed unnecessarily or rejected” the proposals made by IACHR experts; consequently half of the assignments submitted by the group were not completed by PGR, and the other half won’t be considered until March of the following year.
Similarly, the report made reference to other obstacles that resulted from the refusal by Mexican authorities to permit experts to interview detainees, political leaders and former senior officials with relevant information.
The heads of the IACHR report also said the government failed to establish the ultimate fate of the 43 students who disappeared and were possibly murdered in 2014.