Saturday, November 8, 2014

México: Three Suspects Tell AG 43 Missing Student Trainees Were Burned, Killed, Some Unconscious

According to The Latin American Tribune, the 43 teacher trainees missing since a September 26 incident in the southern state of Guerrero in the small town of Iguala, involving drug cartel, corrupt cops are dead, Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam said Friday (November 7), citing the statements of three suspects in custody.

Patricio Reyes, Jhonatan Osorio and Agustin García confessed to having killed the students and burned their bodies, the attorney general told a press conference.

More than 70 people, including police and public officials, have been arrested in connection with the events that took place the night of September 26, in Iguala, when municipal police fired at students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, a nearby teacher-training facility.

Six people died that night, 25 were wounded and 43 Ayotzinapa students were detained and turned over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.

The cops were allegedly acting on orders from Iguala’s then-mayor, José Luís Abarca, and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda, who were tracked down Monday (November 3) after weeks as fugitives.

“I have no doubt there was a massive homicide there,” Murillo said Friday as he presented a reconstruction of the crime that included a video filmed at the dump in Cocula, a town near Iguala, where the killers disposed of the students’ bodies.

“The burned them, clothes and all,” the attorney general said.

“Some of the students were dead or unconscious” before being set ablaze, Murillo said, apparently suggesting that others were burned alive.

COMMENT: Now that the below link underlines that three ethnic Hispanics who were naturalized US citizens and murdered inside México, whether US State Department spokeswomen will rise to the occasion to issue travel warnings for US citizens on the risks facing Americans inside México?

See the below link that underlines that the families of the 43 murdered students have already sought redress in Washington, DC:

It is uncertain as to what form of retaliation the 43 families of the murdered students will engage in, but families are expected to take complaints back to IACHR.

As I emphasized at the time of the 43 students' disappearance, the remains of the students "would never be found alive." 

Only in México are the families of loved ones forced to accept federal explanations in the absence of such a large number of citizens without any forensic evidence, autopsies, witness statements or other documentation.

For the purposes of the investigation, the students will continue to be classified as missing until the remains are definitively identified by specialists at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, he said.

Why Austria? Is the forensic evidence of the 43 executed teaching students not possible in Mexico City, a nation situated on the US-Mexican border?

Reyes, Osorio and García told investigators they took the 43 students to the Cocula dump and set them on fire,  AG Murillo said.

After watching the bonfire burn for more than 14 hours, the murderers collected the ashes and bones in eight garbage bags and then tossed the bags into a nearby river, the attorney general said.

Authorities managed to recover one of the bags intact and its contents will be analyzed to confirm the suspects’ account, he said.

Though accustomed to horrific violence after eight years of a murky, many-sided drug war that has claimed some 130,000 lives, Mexicans have been shocked and outraged by the case of the murdered Ayotzinapa students.

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