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Experts dismiss account of Mexican students’ apparent massacre

Berta Nava, mother of Julio Cesar Nava, one of the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college, attends a report given by members of a team of international experts in Mexico City. (Claudia Daut / Reuters)
Berta Nava, mother of Julio Cesar Nava, one of the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ training college, attends a report given by members of a team of international experts in Mexico City. (Claudia Daut / Reuters)

By Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters

Mexico’s official account of the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 students last year does not add up, a team of international experts said on Sunday, citing deep flaws in the government’s investigation and dismissing its claims that the victims were incinerated in a garbage dump.

The case provoked a global outcry after the missing students were abducted in the city of Iguala in southwest Mexico on Sept. 26, 2014.

The government’s failure to capture the killers or even persuade Mexicans that its investigation was serious has hit President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reputation, and the report on Sunday was certain to pile more pressure on.

Commissioned by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and conducted by respected investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain, the report blasts holes in the Mexican government’s central claim that the students were burned to ashes in the nearby town of Cocula.

“That event never took place,” one of the investigators, Carlos Beristain, told reporters on Sunday, citing evidence from the site. “There should be a refocusing of the investigation based on these facts.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/06/us-mexico-violence-idUSKCN0R60RU20150906

“El Chapo” believed back in Mexico after car crash

AP – Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is believed to be back in his homeland after a suspected sighting last week. The world’s most wanted crime boss was allegedly spotted in Tabasco, near the border of Guatemala, last Wednesday when witnesses allegedly saw him being rushed to a hospital after being involved in a car crash in Macuspana, according to the Latin Times. Despite suffering a number of undisclosed injuries, Guzman escaped before federal troops arrived.

http://nypost.com/2015/09/06/el-chapo-believed-to-be-back-in-mexico-after-car-crash/

These are Mexico’s 7 new emerging cartels

Business Insider – Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has identified seven new criminal organizations that it has identified as cartels for their range of criminal exploits. The new organizations are smaller, less entrenched, and are less powerful than the older generation of Mexican cartels which were massive sprawling criminal enterprises.

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-are-the-7-emerging-cartels-mexico-just-recognized-2015-9

Mexico’s new breed of drug cartel killers

New Generation cartelMacleans – When President Peña Nieto entered office in 2012, his administration compiled a list of 122 priority targets among the country’s crime lords. Only 30 remain at large now. According to both Mexican and U.S. authorities, most major crime groups in Mexico have now either collapsed or fractured. But with their demise, scores of smaller gangs have filled the vacuum, employing younger and far more violent gangsters than Chapo and his peers.

http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/mexicos-new-breed-of-cartel-killers/

Mexico sends clothing for testing year after 43 disappeared

AP – Mexican authorities have passed clothing that belonged to some of the 43 students missing from rural teachers’ college to a lab in Austria for genetic testing. The attorney general’s office sent some 53 items to the University of Innsbruck almost a year after the students’ disappearance.

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/01/mexico-sends-clothing-for-genetic-testing-year-after-students-disappeared

Pena Nieto continued playing dominoes on “Chapo” escape

Business Insider – Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto was en route to a state visit in France when he learned that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán had escaped from a high-security prison for the second time. Guzmán’s brazen escape from Mexico’s Altiplano prison, however, reportedly held his attention only momentarily. He returned to his game dominoes.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mexicos-president-finished-dominoes-after-el-chapo-escaped-2015-9

Ex-cop arrested in killing of photojournalist, 4 others

IBTimes – A former police officer has been arrested in Mexico for torturing and killing  photojournalist Reuben Espinosa and four others. The suspect, Abraham Torres Tranquilino, was a police officer in Mexico City but had been arrested in 2011 and awarded a one year prison term in a separate torture case.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/former-mexico-city-police-officer-arrested-brutal-torture-murder-photojournalist-four-women-644904