The only body of a student recovered after the brutal brutal assault on students from the 26 September 2014 disappearances [previously] of 44 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, bore marks of extreme torture, according to a new report.
Of the 43 other students abducted that night, the remains of only one have been identified, and that from DNA extracted from a bone fragment found in a plastic garbage bag dumped in a nearby river: Alexander Mora Venancio.
The body of Julio César Mondragón Fontes was found the day after the abductions, allegedly by carried out by drug cartel members in league with local politicians.
Mondragón is survived by a wife and young daughter.
From teleSUR English:
The Argentine forensics team submitted its autopsy conclusions Monday about the only Ayotzinapa student’s body, found in September 2014, finding he was brutally tortured before dying, coinciding with his family’s claims against the government’s allegations.
The conclusions, handed into a local court in Guerrero state, agreed partially with the report issued on the same day by the Mexican Human Rights Commission that 22-year-old Julio Cesar Mondragon had 64 fractures in 40 bones, mostly in his skull, face and spine.
The new autopsy however found more injuries on the body that had not been reported in the first one, and confirmed the student was tortured, saying the “serious” fractures in the skull occurred “around the time of death,” without finding any injury due to firearms.
The Argentine experts also found that the boy died as a result of the traumatic brain injury inflicted by a blunt force weapon, while acknowledging fauna’s teeth marks inflicted after the death. But the Human Rights Commission denied the existence of a blunt force weapon, blaming it all on animals.
Nevertheless, both teams called upon federal authorities to investigate further the case including the torture allegations, just as the family of Mondragon and its legal team have demanded for almost two years, claiming they had evidence the student had been tortured while still alive.
More from CNN:
“Julio César Mondragón Fontes was the victim of physical torture,” said Jose Trinidad Larrieta, the special commissioner in Ayotzinapa at the National Human Rights Commission. “He was cruelly beaten by members of an organized gang and public servants of the Iguala municipality.”
Argentine forensic experts investigating the case said in February that there is no evidence to support the government’s hypothesis that the bodies of the 43 students were burned in a nearby landfill.
Jesús Murillo Karam, who was the attorney general when the students disappeared, said in November 2014 that the young men were abducted on orders of a local mayor, turned over to a gang that killed them, burned their bodies in a landfill and tossed the remains into a nearby river.
Suspects arrested, but none have been tried
The involvement of Mexican governments at all levels with drug cartels has been a given for decades, with politicians and law enforcement officials profiting handsomely from the endless rivers of cash generated by the hunger of the U.S. market.
So it should come as no surprise that of those arrested in connection with the abduction and murders, not a single suspect has been tried on criminal charges.
There’s more, after the jump. . .
From the Associated Press:
A total of 28 people are accused of murder in Mondragon’s case, including the former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca. Larrieta said he believed there were 11 individuals, of whom five are in custody, who were directly involved in Mondragon’s torture and death. One of them was an official with the local Civil Protection Agency.
Nearly two years later, no one has been tried
Mondragon was one of six people killed in the city of Iguala when police attacked students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, a teachers college, on Sept. 26, 2014. His 43 classmates disappeared after police turned them over to a crime gang.
Mondragon had been aboard one of several buses the students hijacked that were later attacked by police. He appeared at an impromptu news conference held by the students following the initial attack and had recorded videos on his cellphone. He fled when police opened fire.
Soldiers found his body on a dirt road the next day.
Police named as suspects in the murders
But of course.
From Agence France Presse:
Jose Larrieta, who heads the commission’s Iguala investigation, said Mondragon died of head trauma after he endured “physical torture and he was brutally beaten with viciousness and cruelty due to the joint action and complicity of” 10 drug gang members and an official from the city’s public safety and civil protection department.
The authorities say the 43 other students were killed by the Guerreros Unidos, who incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump and dumped their remains in a river.
But the government’s investigation has been questioned by international rights group and independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who say that there is no scientific proof of a large fire at the dump.