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Independent investigators say remains not those of missing students

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 01:23

Parents of missing Mexican students meet with government officials after independent Argentine investigators report the remains of a mass grave do not belong to their loved ones. Julie Noce reports.

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A report by a team of independent investigators say charred remains found in Mexico are not those of a group of missing student teachers. Last week the Mexican president and attorney general said burnt remnants found in a garbage bin in southern Mexico belonged to 43 student teachers who'd been missing since September. But the parents of the students commissioned their own investigators... an independent team from Argentina. And Tuesday the Argentine team released a report saying that 24 of the 30 remains recovered don't have any biological kinship with the students. A lawyer for the family said the report sheds new light on the investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LAWYER FOR PARENTS OF MISSING STUDENTS, VIDULFO ROSALES, SAYING: "In light of the evidence found in the bags, how they were found, where they were found, this process is not resulting in a confirmation. Now obviously the genetic forensics is to lead us down a different course." Parents of the missing students have criticised the handling of the investigation and have accused authorities of deceit and fostering impunity. Police working with a local drug gang abducted the students after clashes with police in late September. Several police officers and officials have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Independent investigators say remains not those of missing students

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 01:23