Updated 10:23 AM EDT, Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Mexico Missing Students News Update: Independent Investigation Rejects Government's Claims

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An independent investigation debunked the Mexican government's claims that the bodies of over 40 students who went missing a year ago were burned proving allegations of its deep flaws.

According to BBC News, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights conducted an independent investigation on the unresolved case, particularly on the claims that the 43 missing students had been burned to death per the Mexican government.

What is interesting in this new update of the case that has yet to be resolved after more than one year is that, according to BBC News Mexico correspondent Katy Watson, is that it proves the Mexican government's flawed investigation.

"This report confirms what many people have believed for a long time -- that the government's investigation into the disappearance of the 43 students was deeply flawed," BBC reported, adding that the families of the victims had long contested the government's account of what transpired.

In fact, they have been vindicated on their false claims by a group of experts who declared that the claim was "scientifically impossible" if not highly improbable.

"These events did not happen in the manner in which they have been described," team member Carlos Beristain asserted during the group's presentation of the report to the victims' relatives, human rights groups and even Mexican officials.

After hearing this, Attorney-general Arely Gómez immediately revealed that the government executed another investigation on the crime by some "high-level forensic fire experts," adding that the team's mandate has been extended, FT reported.

Families of the victims were visibly furious at the revelation, condemning how the government handled the investigation and even demanded to have a word with the country's president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

The 500-page report which resulted from six months-worth of investigation on the part of the Washington-based IACHR included an analysis that revealed how the scenario painted by the government requires 20 tons of wood, 13 tons of tyres and 13 tonnes of diesel to be possible.

"There is no evidence indicating the presence of a fire of the size [needed] for the cremation of even one body," Jose Torero, a team member hailing from the University of Queensland in Australia, explained, adding that the suspects would have consumed a total of 60 hours in order to finish the job.

Unfortunately, the experts were not able to solve the mystery of what really happened to the students, claiming that the bus carrying the students was central to the closure of this case.

"Having examined all the possible hypotheses of proven facts, the only thing that could explain these contradictions ... is that this bus is central to the case," the team claimed, explaining that the vehicle that the initial probe presented was not the same bus that had actually carried the victims.

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