Sunday, February 8, 2015

Daily: Mexico Concealed May 2014 Discovery of Clandestine Graves in Iguala


MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities did not report the discovery of clandestine graves in Iguala in May 2014, four months before 43 teacher trainees went missing in that southern city, the daily Reforma reported.

No investigation was launched and no official in Iguala, whose former mayor has been jailed for his alleged role in the case of the kidnapped students, was summoned for questioning after the remains were found, the paper said Friday.

Federal Police, responding to a Jan. 19 request by Reforma for information on clandestine graves found in Mexico between 2013 and 2015, said that discovery was made on May 20, 2014.

That law-enforcement agency, however, said Thursday night in an official statement that 19 bones were found on that occasion in that municipality in Guerrero state, far fewer than the 100 bones it initially reported to the newspaper.

It said the number had been inflated due to “human error.”

Asked by Efe about the clandestine graves in Iguala, a Federal Police source said the agency “needs time to provide precise information” and “avoid issuing erroneous reports that may confuse society.”

It acknowledged, however, that it cannot locate any bulletins issued by the police force about the find.

On May 21, 2014, a source with the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office confirmed to Efe the discovery of nine bodies in an advanced state of decay in four clandestine graves in Iguala.

The source said then that an anonymous tip had led them to the remains and that authorities were continuing to search for more bones.

Four months later, on Sept. 26 of last year, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college disappeared in Iguala.

Authorities have established that the teacher trainees were seized by municipal police in that city and handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel, who murdered the youths, burned the bodies at a dump in the nearby town of Cocula and dumped the bones into the San Juan River, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said last week.

Families of the students remain unwilling to accept that version of events and are demanding to know why soldiers of the Iguala-based 27th Infantry Battalion who witnessed the police attack did not intervene.

A group of scientists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, for their part, said last year that Murillo Karam’s account of the burning of the students’ bodies “has no support in facts or in physical, chemical or natural phenomena.”


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