The mothers and fathers of 43 Mexican students who disappeared nearly eight years ago welcomed the findings of a recent government report that the disappearances were a “state crime.”
“It is meaningful to us and contains positive elements that will help us learn the truth and obtain justice,” the families said in a statement released Friday.
The fate of the students is an enduring mystery that remains unsolved despite years of scrutiny and international interest.
The students were visiting the southwestern city of Iguala from a teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa when their buses were intercepted by local police and federal military forces in September 2014.
What exactly happened next, and why, remains unknown. However, survivors of the original group of 100 students said their buses were stopped and they fired on police and armed soldiers. Bullet-riddled buses were later found on the city streets, with broken glass and blood.
Later around 43 students disappeared
A government report last week called the incident a “state crime,” based on thousands of documents, text messages, phone records, testimonials, and other forms of evidence.
Jesús Murillo Karam, the former attorney general of Mexico, was arrested the day after the report came to light and accused by the prosecution of being suspected of “forced disappearance, torture, and crimes against the administration of justice.”
He had headed the state investigation into the students’ disappearance but was criticized by then-President Enrique Peña Nieto for his lack of transparency in handling the matter.
The parents of the 43 welcomed his arrest.
“Today the investigating judge of the case agrees with us. Murillo Karam carried out a dubious and irregular investigation, plagued with torture, manipulation, and fabrication of evidence, thus constructing a lie that prevented us from knowing where our children are”, the parents. ‘ joint statement said.
“We cannot give up the fight until we have complete proof of his whereabouts. It will be painful for our families to learn of his fate, especially if he is lifeless, but if they give us definitive scientific proof, we will go home and cry.” they. To this day, we have no such evidence. Therefore, our demands and our fight continue.”