Missing Mexico students: Police involvement possible

4/15/2016 Al Jazeera

16351122146_4433fe03f6_mFederal police may have been involved in the abduction and murder of 43 students in Guerrero state two years ago, Mexico has said for the first time.

The admission comes after its national human rights commission found a witness who came forward with evidence.

The witness reported that two federal police and a third municipal police force were present when the students were taken off a bus and may have even participated in their disappearance, Jose Larrieta Carrasco, the commission member leading the case, said.

Thursday’s announcement added a new twist to a probe that has come under fire from international human rights groups and independent investigators.

Mexico federal police ‘saw Iguala students being taken away’

4/14/2016 BBC

15425770747_dd7a4b3a8f_mAn unidentified witness said the federal officers were present when 15 to 20 youths were taken off a bus and led away, the commission said.

Local police told them they were taking the students away for “the boss” to decide their fate, the commission said.

The government says corrupt local police handed them to a drugs cartel.

The criminals then killed the students and incinerated their bodies, the government says.

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Los Porkys: The Sexual-Assault Case That’s Shaking Mexico

4/14/2016 The New Yorker

2000px-Veracruz_en_México.svgFor several centuries, the port city of Veracruz, located in the Mexican state of the same name, was known for its carnival. Now, though, it’s known for corruption and terror. The state has become territory for the fearsome Zeta drug cartel. According to a study by Mexico’s bureau of statistics, eight out of ten people in the state say they live in fear. At least fifteen journalists have been killed in Veracruz since 2011. During the same period, hundreds of other people have vanished. Father Alejandro Solalinde, one of Mexico’s leading human-rights advocates, has called Veracruz “a factory of forced disappearances.” To many citizens, there is little difference between the rich and the government, and between the government and the criminals.

In this climate, most people don’t come forward when crimes are committed. In fact, in 2014, only one in ten was reported to local authorities, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography, also known as INEGI, after its Spanish-language acronym. But in recent weeks, a man named Javier Fernández, whose daughter Daphne Fernández has accused a group of well-to-do young men of sexually assaulting her, seems to have sparked a mini revolt against the status quo. (Her name has been published in numerous Mexican media outlets and she gave us permission to use it here.) In seeking vengeance and denouncing the authorities for their handling of the case, Fernández has turned the story into a national outrage.

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There’s a terrifying reason people stay inside at 5:45 p.m. in parts of Mexico

 

4/13/2016 Business Insider

AerialViewMexicoCityBesides their ostentatious displays of wealth, the activity that has earned Mexican drug cartels the most notoriety is the immense bloodshed they’ve caused throughout Mexico.

On first glance, the bloodletting cartels engage in — against each other and against law enforcement and civilians — is just a cost of business, necessary to ensure the cartels’ ability to operate.

Over time, however, the cartels have turned killing into a means to build their reputation, playing on the public’s fear and fascination with violence — and on the media’s desperation for compelling content.

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Argentine forensic experts question new report on missing Mexico students

4/3/2016 Fox News Latino 

MISSINGArgentine forensic experts who have studied a dump in southern Mexico where government officials claim the bodies of 43 missing students were burned said Saturday that results from a new investigation of the site are incomplete and inconclusive.

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team released a statement saying the latest investigation by a team of experts “neither confirms nor denies” the official version of what happened to the students from the Rural Normal School at Ayotzinapa.

The Argentines were called in shortly after the teachers’ college students disappeared in Iguala in Guerrero state on Sept. 26, 2014. An investigation by Mexico’s government concluded they were killed by a local drug gang after being confused with members of a rival group. They were purportedly taken by corrupt local police and handed over to the gang, which incinerated their bodies at a dump in the nearby town of Cocula and threw the remains into a river.

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Mexico Says Probe Into Army Slayings Continuesrm

3/31/2016 ABC News 

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Mexican prosecutors said Thursday that they continue to investigate and to press charges in the 2014 army killings of 22 suspected criminals, including between 12 and 15 who allegedly were executed after surrendering.

The statement came a day after the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez human rights group revealed that a military court had cleared six of seven soldiers of breach-of-discipline charges.

The federal attorney general’s office said that homicide cases against three of the seven continue in a civilian court and that prosecutors are investigating any wider responsibility in the case. The rights group had said earlier that commanding officers apparently gave the soldiers orders to kill suspects.

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OAS human rights body accuses Mexico of ‘authoritarian regression’

Fox News Latino 3/30/2016

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The executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who has been accused of misappropriation of funds related to the Ayotzinapa probe, slammed Mexico’s decision to launch a preliminary inquiry into the matter.

“Not in (Alberto) Fujimori’s Peru nor in (Hugo) Chavez’s Venezuela. There’s no precedent for a preliminary inquiry of the executive secretary of the IACHR. Mexico is falling into an authoritarian regression,” Emilio Alvarez Icaza said at a press conference Wednesday to discuss the next period of sessions of the commission, an autonomous organ of the Washington-based Organization of American States.

The official was referring to the Mexican government’s response to a criminal complaint filed against him two weeks ago by the president of the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice non-governmental organization, Jose Antonio Ortega Sanchez.

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