Mexico opposition party says missing students case not closed

MEXICO CITY - The president of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Silvano Aureoles Conejo, said Wednesday that the case of 43 missing students in not closed.

Aureoles Conejo spoke in response to the Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam's announcement that the students are now considered dead.

Murillo Karam said Tuesday that declarations, testimonies and evidence has led his office to the conclusion that the youth were murdered and burned by organized crime members the night of Sept. 26 in the city of Cocula, near where they went missing in Iguala.

“We have been informed yesterday of the judicial truth of the attorney general’s office … but we cannot give up asking for justice. aThe parents and relatives of the students cannot accept these conclusions” said Aureoles Conejo during a session at the Chamber of Deputies.

He added that the best way to deliver justice in this case is to correct all the inconsistencies of the state that facilitate this type of tragedy.

For its part, the coordinator of the congressmen of the Action National Party, Ricardo Anaya Cortes, said the real solution to the missing student case will be the creation of a national anti-corruption system. “The case is not closed. The attorney general has investigated, but the Federal Judicial Authority will judge,” said Anaya Cortes.

The relatives of the missing students held a press conference late Tuesday in Mexico City where they firmly rejected the attorney general’s conclusions. They said they will continue to search for the missing boys, even if the government decided to shelve the case.

“We clearly see that impunity has started to rule the case. Mexico has international responsibilities in terms of human rights and has to answer for these facts,” said Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer of the parents, adding that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will analyse the investigation done by the attorney general’s office.

A group formed by relatives of the students will testify Feb. 2 - 3 before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the parents said during the press conference.

The students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa disappeared in the city of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero after police opened fire to quell a protest.

According to authorities, the students were murdered and burned with fuel, wood and plastic by members of the Guerrero Unidos, or United Warriors drug cartel.

Only one student has been formally identified to date.

Austrian forensic experts who are analysing the ashes and human remains collected in a dump, said that they did not find enough DNA to build a genetic profile of the remains.

They are currently proceeding with other DNA testing methods and expect to release their findings in April.

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