Jan 9, 2012

Human Rights Violations - Guerrero Students: President of Human Rights Commission says it will take up to 60 days to complete investigation

Milenio: Following upon the presentation of the preliminary report of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) regarding the case of the Ayotzinapa students, the national ombudsman, Raul Plascencia, said he expected that a maximum of 60 days will be needed to complet the investigation.

In an interview ... on Radio Formula, the CNDH president confirmed the presence of elements of the federal and state police at the events in Guerrero that left two normal school students and a gasoline station employee dead.

He said that of 167 police elements involved in the fighting, at least 67 were armed and 57 belonged to the Federal Police. He reiterated that the public servants who arrived at the confrontation had not properly preserved the evidence and contaminated the area.

The ombudsman said that the commission still does not know the duration of the shooting, or the caliber of weapons used, but revealed that from the way in which the projectiles impacted the bodies of the students, it can be deduced that the weapons were high caliber.

He confessed that so far he has not called any member of the Federal Police to testify, but stressed that he is still assessing the situation in order to call others as necessary." Spanish original

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