An international panel, which is investigating the case of 43 missing Mexican students and teachers in 2014, will close down the investigation process in the country by late April.
The 43 missing Mexican students and teachers had disappeared from the south western city Iguala since 2014. The mass abduction triggered an international uproar over human rights violation in Mexico. The students and teachers from the Raul Isidro Burgos Teacher’s College in Ayotzinapa traveled to Iguala to protest. There was a confrontation between the municipal police and the students during which six people were killed.
After the incident, the government said that the students were detained by corrupt local police and were later handed to a local drugs gang. Apparently, the drug gang mistook them as a rival gang and killed them and burnt their bodies, reported BBC.
However, the families of the missing students did not believe the government’s version. They believed authorities had failed in their investigation as they thought the soldiers from a nearby barracks had some role in the students’ disappearance.
Besides, the government have prevented anyone other than government prosecutors from questioning the soldiers. In October 2015, the case was handed over to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The families always referred to the investigation led by IACHR, which stated that there was no evidence that the bodies of the students were burnt and dumped.
The report by IACHR was a blow to the government and it showed that the government’s report was nothing but “historical truth”, reported Reuters.
But Deputy Interior Minister Roberto Campa said that the work of the team of experts from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain will come to an end by late April.
Campa stated, “It should be Mexican institutions … that conclude the investigation, the search, and we should be capable of advancing in the attention we pay to the victims.”
Although experts did not comment on the government’s decision, they said that the panel would publish the findings they’ve gathered within the past 7 months.
Drug gangs and crimes related to them are rampant in Mexico. Pope Francis in his recent visit urged the Mexican youth to stand firm against the lure of easy money from drug dealers.