INSIGHT CRIME — The final report released by the panel of international experts charged with investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico at the hands of a criminal organization reiterates a little-discussed theory: that the students were attacked by security forces because they were riding a bus used to traffic drugs and money.
The report, compiled by a team of five investigators appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), further discredits the Mexican government’s version of what happened one night in September 2014 in the small town of Iguala in Guerrero state, when 43 student protestors were last seen in the hands of municipal police before they disappeared.
The government initially said corrupt police handed over the students to local criminal group the Guerreros Unidos, who proceeded to kill and burn the youths in a trash dump. In a previous report released last year, the investigators said such a scenario was impossible. Those assertions were backed up by other independent scientific studies conducted at the dump.