Six of the 43 college students “disappeared” in 2014 have been allegedly stored alive in a warehouse for days then turned over to the native military commander who ordered them killed, the Mexican authorities official main a Fact Fee mentioned on Friday.
Inside undersecretary Alejandro Encinas made the surprising revelation instantly tying the navy to certainly one of Mexico’s worst human rights scandals, and it got here with little fanfare as he made a prolonged defence of the fee’s report launched per week earlier.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador established the Fact Fee after he was elected to workplace in 2018.
Final week, regardless of declaring the abductions and disappearances a “state crime” and saying that the military watched it occur with out intervening, Encinas made no point out of six college students being turned over to Colonel José Rodríguez Pérez.
On Friday, Encinas mentioned authorities have been intently monitoring the scholars from the agricultural lecturers’ faculty at Ayotzinapa from the time they left their campus by means of to their abduction by native police within the city of Iguala that evening. A soldier who had infiltrated the college was among the many kidnapped college students, and Encinas asserted the military didn’t comply with its personal protocols and attempt to rescue him.
“There’s additionally info corroborated with emergency 089 phone calls the place allegedly six of the 43 disappeared college students have been held throughout a number of days and alive in what they name the outdated warehouse and from there have been turned over to the colonel,” Encinas mentioned.
“Allegedly the six college students have been alive for as many as 4 days after the occasions and have been killed and disappeared on orders of the colonel, allegedly the then-Colonel José Rodríguez Pérez,” he added.
The function of the military within the disappearance
The defence division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark in regards to the allegations on Friday.
The function of the military within the college students’ disappearance has lengthy been a supply of rigidity between the households and the federal government.
From the start, there have been questions in regards to the navy’s information of what occurred and its attainable involvement. The scholars’ mother and father demanded for years that they be allowed to look the military base in Iguala. It was not till 2019 that they got entry, together with Encinas and the Fact Fee.
The fee report says the military registered an nameless emergency name on September 30, 2014, 4 days after the scholars’ abduction.
The caller reportedly mentioned the scholars have been being held in a big concrete warehouse in a location described as “Pueblo Viejo.” The caller proceeded to explain the situation.
That entry was adopted by a number of pages of redacted materials, however that part of the report concluded with the next: “As may be seen, apparent collusion existed between brokers of the Mexican state with the legal group Guerreros Unidos that tolerated, allowed and took part in occasions of violence and disappearance of the scholars, in addition to the federal government’s try to cover the reality in regards to the occasions.”
Later, in a abstract of how the fee’s report differed from the unique investigation’s conclusions, there’s point out of a colonel.
“On September 30 ‘the colonel’ mentions that they are going to deal with cleansing the whole lot up and that they’d already taken cost of the six college students who had remained alive,” the report mentioned.
Dad and mom protest
In a witness assertion offered to federal investigators in December 2014, Captain José Martínez Crespo, who was stationed on the base in Iguala, mentioned the bottom commander for the twenty seventh Infantry Battalion on the time was Colonel José Rodriguez Pérez.
By a driving rain afterward Friday, the households of the 43 lacking college students marched in Mexico Metropolis with a number of hundred different folks as they’ve on the twenty sixth of each month for years.
Dad and mom carried posters of their kids’s faces and rows of present college students from the lecturers’ faculty marched, shouted requires justice and counted off to 43. Their indicators proclaimed that the combat for justice continued and asserted: “It was the State.”
Clemente Rodríguez marched for his son Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre, who was a second pupil recognized by a tiny burned bone fragment.
Rodríguez mentioned the households had been informed final week earlier than the report was launched in regards to the colonel and the six college students.
“It’s not by omission any extra. It’s that they participated,” he mentioned of the navy. “It was the state, the three ranges of presidency participated.”
He mentioned the households had not been informed whether or not any of the arrest orders introduced final week for members of the armed forces had been carried out but.
On September 26, 2014, native police took the scholars off buses they’d commandeered in Iguala. The motive for the police motion stays unclear eight years later. Their our bodies have by no means been discovered, although fragments of burned bone have been matched to 3 of the scholars.
Former lawyer basic arrested
Final week, federal brokers arrested former Lawyer Normal Jesus Murillo Karam, who oversaw the unique investigation. On Wednesday, a choose ordered that he stand trial for pressured disappearance, not reporting torture and official misconduct. Prosecutors allege Murillo Karam created a false narrative about what occurred to the scholars to rapidly seem to resolve the case.
Authorities additionally mentioned final week that arrest warrants have been issued for 20 troopers and officers, 5 native officers, 33 native cops and 11 state cops in addition to 14 gang members. Neither the military nor prosecutors have mentioned what number of of these suspects are in custody.
It was additionally not instantly clear if Rodríguez Pérez was amongst these sought.
In a joint assertion, the households mentioned the Fact Fee’s affirmation that it was a “state crime” was vital after components suggesting that through the years.
Nevertheless, they mentioned the report nonetheless didn’t satisfactorily reply their most necessary query.
“Moms and dads want indubitable scientific proof as to the destiny of our youngsters,” the assertion mentioned. “We will’t go residence with preliminary indicators that don’t totally clear up the place they’re and what occurred to them.”