Inquiry Into Missing Mexican Students Ends on Note of Frustration

4/30/2016  The New York Times

15610758355_0e2d67e0e9_oMEXICO CITY — It has been a tumultuous final week for the five foreign legal and human rights experts who have spent more than a year examining the case of 43 missing college students.

It began last Sunday when the independent panel issued its second voluminous report on the case, which raised further questions about the government’s handling of the matter and challenged the authorities’ conclusions. What followed were a series of dueling news conferences by the panelists and by government officials, each accusing the other of playing with the truth and bringing the relationship between the government and the experts to a low ebb.

But by Friday, with the panel’s mandate about to end and the experts preparing to leave the country, the tone had shifted again. “Now that we leave, it seems like everybody likes us,” said Francisco Cox, a Chilean lawyer and panel member. “They express gratefulness.”

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