The Mexican army withheld information about the 43 students from Ayotzinapa

The Mexican army withheld information about the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. The strengths The military had reports on communications between the police and criminal groups in which they narrated the movements of the young normalistas that reveal the complicity of the officers in the kidnappings, according to part of the information revealed by the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case (CoVAJ).

Conversation between police officers and cartels

“We already have several detainees”, the deputy director of the municipal police of Iguala writes, Francisco Salgado Valladares (together with trusted persons of the Director of Public Security in Iguala) to Gilberto, regional head of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, who replied “give me some on the road to old town and I’ll receive them.”. Thus begins one of the two exchanges between the police and criminal cartels that were disclosed by the CoVAJ. The conversations took place on September 26, 2014, the day the 43 students disappeared. from the rural school of Ayotzinapa and on October 4 of the same year

The CoVAJ published a part of the relevant information provided by the Ministry of Defense based on the reports of the General Staff of National Defense (EMDN). The military communications show that since 2014 the Mexican army had information that it did not deliver, as the families of the victims had denounced. and despite the presidential decree of 2018 that forced them to do so.

“The army withheld information since 2014”

From the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh), one of the organizations that accompanies the families of the 43 young people in legal representation, highlighted that the investigation confirms “that the Army withheld information since 2014 and that it continued to administer it.”

“Given the military’s opacity, it cannot be ruled out that there is more information in his possession,” The Prodh Center pointed out, which in turn stressed that in the case of “illegal communication interventions carried out by the Army, the origin of the same must be fully clarified.”

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In the conversations between the Iguala police agents and the regional chief of the Guerreros Unidos criminal cartel, they narrate the kidnapping, the movement of the students. The policeman assures that he has another 17 in “the cave” and ‘El Gil’ replies: “Yes, give me all the detainees.”

In the second published document the conversation of October 4 is transcribed, this time the The exchange is between Alejandro “Cholo” Palacios, who participated in the attack and the disappearance of the normalistas, and Ramón, identified as a possible policeman, as indicated by the newspaper The universal. In the documented exchange they talk about the common graves found and the search for the students after the case gained national and international relevance.

The mothers and fathers of the normalistas in turn criticized that the army have had information “In real time of what was happening and he did not inform the authorities or take measures to prevent the disappearance of the young people”. They also regretted that even after the 2018 decree that forced the army to hand over the information, “He failed to give that information to the authorities investigating the case.”

On the other hand, relatives of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students expressed their concern about the dissemination of the EMDN reports that they indicated is “Sensitive research information that may compromise your success”, as revealed by the newspaper The Day from Mexico.


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