Mexico Ayotzinapa Case: Investigating Army 'Not The Objective'

Mexico Ayotzinapa Case: Investigating Army ‘Not The Objective’

A march marks four years since the disappearance of the 43 students, in Mexico City, September 26, 2018. | Photo: Reuters Despite demands by relatives of the missing 43, the future head of the investigation insists the army won’t be a target.

Despite promising relatives of Mexico’s 43 missing Ayotzinapa students to heed their demands, the incoming government says it has no intention of investigating the military’s role in the mass disappearance.

“Investigating the army is not the objective; don’t force us to get into trouble with the army,” said Alejandro Encinas, future deputy interior minister, about the Truth Commission being created.

Encinas was appointed by President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to supervise the investigation and will be deputy minister for human rights and population.

After a meeting between Lopez Obrador and relatives on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance, Encinas said: "Speaking about the armed forces in the abstract is different than speaking about members of the armed forces… we have to acknowledge that difference."

Encinas made his comments after it was pointed out that evidence suggests the 27th Infantry Battalion of Iguala was involved in the students’ disappearance.

On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Rural Teachers’ School Raul Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa went missing.Security footage indicated they were kidnapped by police, and the official investigation by outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration concluded they were later handed to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, executed and their bodies incinerated at a local landfill.Relatives have demanded the federal government let them […]

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