Investigation of the Ayotzinapa case progresses in Mexico

The investigation into the disappearance of the 43 students from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, is advancing and no one will prevent justice from being done.

Investigation of the Ayotzinapa case progresses in Mexico
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday at a press conference that progress is being made in the investigation of the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, and stressed that nothing and no one will prevent justice.

"There is scientific evidence of the location of three of them, unfortunately lifeless, but the investigation continues and we will know everything that happened and justice will be done. That is the commitment we have. We cannot conclude the investigation yet, we do not want to act irresponsibly. It is not a matter of saying 'now, this is what happened," said the president.

At the same time, López Obrador stated that "the Ayotzinapa case is not only a matter of the Government, but it is also a matter of the Mexican State". At the same time, he explained that joint forces of the Special Prosecutor's Office and the Executive and Judicial powers are working on the investigation, with the advice of international experts, and that no one will be protected and there will be no impunity.

The Mexican President and the Search Commission met this Tuesday with the relatives of the 43 missing students, to present the genetic identification of a vertebra belonging to the third young man identified, Jhosivani Guerrero.

So far, 180 skeletal remains have been found in the La Carnicería ravine, located in the municipality of Cocula and one kilometer from the local garbage dump, where the 43 normalistas were allegedly murdered and incinerated.

On the other hand, in Iguala, Guerrero, Humberto Velázquez Delgado, alias "El Guacho", former commander of the Ministerial Police of the Attorney General's Office of the state of Guerrero (FGE), who was allegedly directly related to the events of 2014, was shot dead by an armed group on Wednesday, according to a preliminary report by the State Police.

"El Guacho," in December 2016, was pointed to by the parents of the missing students as a key figure in clarifying the relationship between local authorities and criminals, arguing that Velazquez Delgado was a leader of the Guerreros Unidos group.