Mexican Agency: Army Must Release All Communications with US About 43 Missing Students

AP Photo/Marco Ugarte
AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

Mexico’s National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) said on October 11 that the Defense Secretariat must find and release any communications with the U.S. government relating to the disappearance last year of 43 education students in southern Mexico. According to FOX News Latino, the INIA said in a statement that the secretariat “did not conduct an exhaustive search” for documents possibly provided to the United States about the case.

In late September 2014, 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico disappeared without a trace. Initially the Mexican government blamed a local organized crime group called Guerreros Unidos; three suspects in the case confessed to having killed the students and burned their bodies at the municipal garbage dump in the city of Cocula. However, several outside agencies—including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—have challenged the Mexican government’s story.

The information INAI is demanding the Mexican army release includes “rough drafts of agreements, meetings, working documents, reports on the monitoring of agreements, e-mails, images and videos related to the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa education students and the deaths of six people.”

Sylvia Longmire is a border security expert and Contributing Editor for Breitbart Texas. You can read more about cross-border issues in her latest book, Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer.