On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College vanished in the town of Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Reports from that night say local police clashed with the students, brought them into custody, and then handed them over to a local gang, Guerreros United. In the investigation that followed, several horrific details surrounding the incident were uncovered by investigators, details that could bring a case against those involved, and bring closure to the families affected. However, an unreleased internal report from Mexico’s government reveals that officials relied on illegal tactics and arrests during the course of the investigation, a fact that could threaten, according to the New York Times, “legal foundations” for any case brought to court.
An unreleased internal review shows that Mexico’s authorities violated the law when gathering evidence for this case.
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According to the New York Times, the Mexican Constitution voids any evidence gathered as a result of illegal arrests. The now-buried internal review revealed that the police arrested suspects with little legal authority, and as a result, much of the evidence would probably not hold up in a court of law. In an apparent attempt to cover-up the damning results of the internal investigation, the 177-page document was never approved, leaving families and justice to live in limbo for the foreseeable future. The attorney general’s office claims, however, that the report hasn’t been released due to legal formalities, and that the case is still under review.
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