LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE — MEXICO CITY – A group of Argentine forensic experts have published the full results of their probe of evidence found at a waste dump in the southern Mexican town of Cocula, where authorities say the bodies of 43 trainee teachers who went missing in 2014 were burned to ashes by a drug gang.
The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, or EAAF, which presented its initial findings on Feb. 9, said in a statement Wednesday that the publication of the complete 300-page report, based on a more than one-year investigation, was aimed at “generating a scientific and informed debate.”
As announced in early February, the EAAF report maintains that there is no evidence that the bodies of the 43 students were burned at the Cocula dump.
The group of 26 experts from Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Uruguay and Canada also said of human remains found at the waste dump that there was no scientific or testimonial evidence linking them to the missing students.
The EAAF report supported last year’s findings by the Inter-Disciplinary Group of Independent Experts, or GIEI, a group commissioned by the Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that also found no evidence to back the government’s version of what happened to the trainee teachers.
On the night of Sept. 26, 2014, police in Iguala, a city in the southern state of Guerrero, attacked students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School, a nearby teachers training institution, after the aspiring educators had commandeered buses that they planned to use to travel to Mexico City for a protest.
Six people – including three students – were killed and 43 other students were abducted that night.
Federal authorities say the incident was the work of corrupt municipal cops acting on the orders of Iguala’s crooked mayor.