Mexico blocked probe in students killing: panel

Apr 25, 2016, 6:38 AM EDT
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Submitting its final report over the alleged mass killing of 43 trainee teachers, who were part of a protest in Mexico in September 2014, a panel of international experts slammed the Mexican government for stonewalling the probe in addition to dismissing the findings of a previous official inquiry. The victims’ relatives have been accusing the Mexican government of shielding senior politicians and army officials allegedly involved in the killings.

The group of experts, commissioned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (I.A.C.H.R), contested Mexican prosecutors’ version that the students were killed by a local criminal gang in addiiton to accusing them of not pursuing the suggested investigative angles, writes the BBC. While the panel's report remains inconclusive, it has raised questions about the “credibility” of the Mexican government.

By not allowing the panel to re-interview the detainees in the case and delaying the handover of crucial evidence, Mexico’s government allegedly obstructed the experts in their efforts.

While the panel found that the police of the southwestern city of Iguala was mainly responsible for the disappearance of the students, it didn’t rule out the role of federal police in this gruesome human rights violation, notes Reuters. With opposition from Mexico’s government, I.A.C.H.R decided against renewing the experts’ investigation.