Mexican defense secretary: soldiers won’t speak to experts
Parents of the 43 teachers' college students hold up images of their missing sons as they listen in to a conference in Mexico City - AP

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s defense secretary says he will not allow his soldiers to speak with any international commission investigating the disappearance last year of 43 college students, because they had nothing to do with it.

Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos said Monday in an interview with the Televisa network that soldiers only answer to Mexican authorities.

Experts sent by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released a report last month criticizing the government’s investigation of the disappearance of the students from a rural teacher’s college on Sept. 26, 2014, in the state of Guerrero. They had sought to interview soldiers.

The government’s investigation showed the students were taken by police in Iguala and turned over to a drug gang that killed them. The experts’ report showed the army monitored the situation without intervening.


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