The abduction and disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa after police opened fire on them on the night of 26 September 2014 [previously] remains one of Mexico’s deepest mysteries.
International investigators have discredited the official government version, and just what happened to the students, all from some of Mexico’s poorest areas, has been the subject of ongoing speculation, most of it focusing on involvement of local, state, and federal law enforcement.
And now comes word that the official reports were based on information derived from torture.
From teleSUR English:
A leaked internal report has revealed that the much-maligned “official version of events” about the forced disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college put forward by the Mexican government was based on intelligence gathered through torture and the official previously in charge of the investigation committed a series of serious irregularities, which together completely undermine the government’s story.
Proceso magazine reviewed a 177-page report, a product of an internal investigation by the Office of the Mexican Attorney-General, detailing the alleged irregular actions of Tomas Zeron de Lucio, the former director of criminal investigations responsible for overseeing the Ayotzinapa case.
Zeron was also one of the most vocal defenders of the government’s official version of events.
Distrust in Zeron and his investigation grew to be so great that the relatives of the missing students cut off talks with the Mexican government after he resigned for allegedly tampering with evidence.
Though there have been two changes at the top of the office of the Attorney General, the government has yet to repudiate its official version of events, which asserts that local police apprehended the students and handed them over to the gang known as Guerreros Unidos, who authorities claim killed the students and burned their bodies in a garbage dump in the town of Cocula.