Relatives of Mexico’s missing 43 Ayotzinapa students, believed abducted and murdered in September 2014, have called on President Enrique Peña Nieto to comply with a court order to reinvigorate the investgation and establish a Truth Commission.
Mexico Urged to Probe Police, Military Links in Ayotzinapa Case
Families of the missing students told a press conference on Thursday that the judicial ruling and the Special Follow-Up Mechanism of the Ayotzinapa Affair (MESA), part of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), "open the doors of justice."
"The 43 parents know perfectly well that it is the same government that has not given us an answer for four years, but it is an opportunity for the president to have a little bit of dignity and support the new commission," said Mario Gonzalez, one of the representatives.
The First Collegiate Court of the 19th Circuit in the city of Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state (northeast), ruled there is "sufficient evidence to presume that the confessions and imputations" of those allegedly involved in the incident were obtained through torture.
A Truth and Justice Commission must now be created, within ten days, comprising representatives of the victims, the National Commission of Human Rights and federal ministerial officials.
The judicial body said the work carried out by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) was partial, because it focused on "practicing and placing emphasis on those tests that could support a version of the facts."
Relatives of the students reiterated their call that the investigation be expanded to determine the participation of security agencies in the event, including the Army, the Federal Police and state officials.