The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, assured this Monday that he will not “fold” the case of the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapaand that investigations and punishments against those found responsible will continue.
“We are not going to shelve the matter”,López Obrador said in his usual press conference from the National Palace.
His statements come as this Monday marks eight years since the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapawhich the Mexican Government itself has recognized as “a State crime.”
The most recent report of the Truth Commission recognizes that organized crime and Mexican authorities participated, with which it has sought to deny “the historical truth”, presented in the Administration of former President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).
The president of Mexico also defended that “an important step” was taken with the recent findings, as well as with the four arrests of soldiers allegedly involved and the former Mexican attorney Jesus Murillo Karam, who was in charge of the investigation.
He said that “more information will come out” from this process that is being opened and the government will “continue looking for the young people” and “opening files, everything, without hiding anything.”
“It does not mean that the investigation is closed, and those (involved) who are in the report and it is proven that they participated because they are allegedly responsible, they are going to make their version known and they are going to clarify whether they participated or not, if they are guilty or innocent, if they received orders, from whom. The investigation continues.”
López Obrador affirmed that various interrogations were carried out, “millions of telephone calls” and time has been invested in the Ayotzinapa case so as not to “fail the parents” of the 43 students.
He considered that “it is also a matter of justice” and to clean up the image of the Mexican State and Army.
In “bad faith”, leaks of the Ayotzinapa case
Last Saturday, fragments of the Truth Commission report, presented on August 18 by the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, were leaked.
López Obrador branded it an act of “bad faith” to prevent it from being used in Mexican courts.
“It is not possible that due to a procedural matter justice is prevented, because perhaps those who leaked this document without testifying did so thinking that in this way it will no longer have legal validity,”
The statements by the Mexican president come after demonstrations at the emblematic monument to the Revolution in Mexico City, as well as in various spaces in the Mexican capital, and after several weeks of “days of struggle” that began in Guerrero, the state where the students disappeared on September 26, 2014.
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