The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, denied this Friday “obstacles” of the attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Maneroin the case of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa despite the denunciations of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI).
There was talk of obstacles in the prosecution and the prosecutor was pointed out, because I maintain that, as far as I am concerned, that I have been pending, the prosecutor’s attitude has been collaborative “,assured the president in his daily press conference.
López Obrador responded to the accusations of the GIEI of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which this Thursday denounced the interference and obstruction of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and the Army to investigate the “state crime” of 2014 .
Resignation of the special prosecutor of the Ayotzinapa case
The GIEI experts affirmed that the interference in the FGR led to the resignation this week of the special prosecutor for the Ayotzinapa case, Omar Gómez Trejo, in addition to affirming that the prosecution “has tried to stop the investigations” and “orders have been given not to prosecute”.
But the president affirmed that the prosecutor has always collaborated since he took office in December 2018 with the promise of solving the disappearance of the 43 students that occurred on September 26, 2014 in the southern state of Guerrero.
In no case did I have resistance from the prosecutor Gertz Manero or the President of the Court (Arturo Zaldívar) because I spoke with them and asked for their support and collaboration, and both of them were always willing to help. None of them told me: ‘it’s just that we can’t reach that high’”,
The controversy over the disappearance of the 43 students It has been revived on this eighth anniversary by the report of the Government Truth Commission that recognized on August 18 that it was a “state crime” with authorities involved at all levels, including the Army, and considers them dead.
But the parents of the young people have denounced the impunity of the Armed Forces and last week the FGR canceled 21 arrest warrants, of which 16 correspond to the military.
When I speak with the prosecutor, we provide him with the report, and what the prosecutor does is adjust to that report and act with information from that report, and I have no doubt that there have been people in the prosecution who did not want the process to be carried out to request arrest warrants,
López Obrador argued.
The president also asserted that the Truth Commission was given “all the information they requested,” although the GIEI denounced that the Armed Forces have not wanted to open all the files, which include evidence that they spied on criminals, students and authorities. the night of the disappearance.
I personally spoke with the secretary (of National Defense), with the admiral (of the Navy), with everyone, so that all the documents, everything that appeared in the archives, would be delivered, and that is why progress was also made ”,
The GIEI and López Obrador agree in their rejection of the “historical truth”, a version of the Government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) that affirmed that corrupt police officers detained the students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, which murdered them and incinerated in a garbage dump in Guerrero.
Like the Truth Commission, they concluded that it was not possible that they had been burned there and that several students even remained alive for days after the fact.
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