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Government of Mexico says the Ayotzinapa case report is an ongoing investigation for the truth

Mexico City, Mexico — The Government of Mexico says the Ayotzinapa case report is the result of an ongoing investigation for the truth. During a recent morning press conference, the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez said “the report is the result of the reconstruction of facts and analysis to clarify the kidnapping of the 43 student in Iguala, Guerrero.”

“It is a process of research and technical analysis that had the support and advice of a scientific committee and an interdisciplinary group made up of people from various public institutions convinced that science and technology must be at the service of truth,” he explained.

At a press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the official stated that this report is completely different from the one presented in the previous administration.

The corresponding authorities, he said, will be in charge of ensuing justice and punishment to those responsible for this act. The investigation is still open and the search efforts will not stop.

The undersecretary explained that the investigations are divided into two moments: the background and facts of the 43 kidnapped students from the Isidro Burgos School in Ayotzinapa, and the intervention of authorities from different government orders that covered up the crime.

The Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case has 41,168 documents provided by institutions such as the Secretaries of National Defense, the Interior, the Navy, and Security and Citizen Protection in addition to testimonies from survivors.

The analysis of communications with members of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos was carried out during the critical hours of the disappearances on September 26 and 27, 2014. The exercise allowed locating 206,000 records and 116 telephone numbers of key people linked to the municipal network of authorities and police.

The undersecretary clarified that the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts is a collaborator of the Attorney General’s Office, so it has access to all the information collected on the case.

“They have all the access, they have information, they are collaborators in the Prosecutor’s Office and of course, no limitation will be placed on them,” he said.

Some of the conclusions of the Report of the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice of the Ayotzinapa case include the disappearance of the 43 students constituted a State crime in which members of the Guerreros Unidos criminal group and agents from various institutions of the Mexican State participated.

That the criminal group acted with a large number of assassins and hawks from a central command and at least three cells of hawks and assassins with the support of different municipal police and state agents.

The intervention of the Iguala police in the seizure of the students on bus 1531 is confirmed.

The transfer of the bus to the state of Morelos, freely passing through all established checkpoints, is confirmed.

Authorities also found that federal and state authorities of the highest level were negligent and, existing elements of presumption with respect to altering facts and circumstances to establish a conclusion unrelated to the truth of the facts.

There are sufficient indications for the FGR to initiate or continue the investigations for the demarcation of responsibilities.

Last week, the former Attorney General of the Republic was arrested on allegations of being involved in the disappearance of the students. A total of 83 arrest warrants have been issued for the Ayotzinapa case.