IACHR blocked from testimony on slain Mexican students

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has said that the Mexican government has denied its attempts to interview military personnel related the case of 43 slain Mexican students who were abducted and apparently massacred last year.

The IACHR has also said that video evidence related to the case may have been destroyed.

The IACHR sought to interview military personnel from the 27th infantry battalion, based in the southwestern city of Iguala, where the students disappeared.

The Mexican government however, would only allow the soldiers to be questioned via a written questionnaire.

The human-rights investigators have decided against submitting such questionnaires, whose integrity cannot be guaranteed.

The 43 young students, all male, were enrolled in the radical Rural Normal Ayotzinapa teachers college in the state of Guerrero.

Iguala’s mayor at the time, Jose Luis Abarca ordered police to intercept the students who had come to town to collect money and had commandeered buses.

After opening fire and killing six, the police handed the students over to a local drug gang who murdered them and incinerated their bodies.

Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pinesa, were charged in January with kidnapping in relation to the case.

[Reuters][BBC][CBC][Photo courtesy The Yucatan Times]