Ayotzinapa Student Remains Identified by Austrian Forensic Team

Edited by Ivan Martínez
2015-09-17 12:45:00


Mexico City, September 17 (teleSUR-RHC)-- Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez announced on Wednesday that the remains of a second forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa student have been identified by Austrian forensic experts, a finding that has been outright rejected by the parents of the missing students.

Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, 21, from the southwestern state of Guerrero, was identified as one of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students, according to forensic experts of the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

His remains were allegedly found in a trash bag at a river near the town of Cocula, according to Gomez.  But, the chances that the remains found are genetically linked to the mother of the student are 72 to 1, the attorney general added.    
The finding comes after an investigative report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) – published last week – contested the government’s official version, which claims that the students were abducted and killed by a criminal gang and that the victims were burned to ashes in the nearby town of Cocula. 

Spokesperson for the parents’ of the missing students, Felipe de la Cruz, rejected Wednesday’s announcement by the attorney general.    

According to him, it is a strategic deflection from the findings of the IACHR’s report.  “We knew that there was going to be a response on behalf of the federal government to refute the report of the IACHR,” de la Cruz told Mexican leftist newspaper La Jornada.

"We do not accept the report of the PGR (the Mexican attorney general’s office), and we will not do so until they do not confirm it scientifically. We are going to wait to see what the members of the Argentinian team of experts tell us, with whom we are going to meet right now,” he added.

Argentinian experts working on the case along with the Ayotzinapa family members also questioned Wednesday’s findings. They say there is no concrete evidence of where the bag of remains came from, and that they cannot confirm if it came from the garbage dump in Cocula as the government claims.          

Alexander Mora was the first forcibly disappeared student whose remains were identified in December last year. 


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