Mexican government officials leading a truth commission said Friday that six of 43 university students who “disappeared” in 2014 were kept alive for days in a warehouse before being handed over to a commander who ordered their killing.
The military’s role in the students disappearance has long been a source of tension between families and the government.
The Commission’s report said that the military made an anonymous emergency call describing the location of the kidnapped students, and that there was collusion between Mexican State agents and Guerreros Unidos.
A summary of the Commission’s report mentions a colonel who said he would take charge of cleaning everything and had already taken over six students who were still alive.
Families of 43 missing students marched through Mexico City on Friday, demanding justice for their children. They were told about Corona and the six students last week but had not received word if any arrest warrants had been carried out.
Last week, federal agents arrested Jesus Murillo Caram, a former attorney general who oversaw the initial investigation. They say he created a false narrative of what happened to students in an effort to appear quick and settle the case.
In a joint statement, the families said that the truth commission’s report did not satisfactorily answer their most crucial questions.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has placed enormous responsibilities on the Mexican armed forces, including managing seaports and building tourist trains to the Yucatan peninsula.
For more coverage on this story, check the following additional news sources:
- Official: 6 of 43 missing Mexican students given to army The Associated Press
- 6 of 43 missing Mexican students were allegedly kept alive, given to army NBC News
- Six of 43 missing Mexican students were kept alive in warehouse for days The Guardian
- Parents of missing Mexican students see ex-official’s arrest as step toward justice Reuters
- Former Mexico Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam to face trial over probe of disappearance of 43 students in 2014 CBS News