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Lawyers criticize Mexican authorities for releasing texts in scholar kidnap case

MEXICO CITY, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Lawyers for relations of 43 scholar academics who disappeared in southern Mexico seven years in the past criticized the federal government’s disclosure on Friday of conversations between alleged criminals and authorities linked to the case.

The college students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared on Sept. 26, 2014, within the state of Guerrero. The stays of solely three of the scholars have been positively recognized.

A doc launched by the federal government from the investigation of the disappearances signifies {that a} high-ranking member of the legal group Guerreros Unidos requested police handy over the scholars the night time they disappeared within the metropolis of Iguala.

“It is risky that information about an ongoing investigation is disseminated in this way, as it may jeopardize its success,” stated a press release by the Miguel Agustin Pro Human Rights Center, which represents the relations of the victims.

Text messages stated that a minimum of 17 of the scholars have been taken to a “cave,” in keeping with the transcript launched on Friday by the Interior Ministry on the request of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The unsolved kidnapping convulsed the nation, sparking large protests in 2014 and garnering worldwide condemnation as one of many darkest examples of the federal government’s longstanding issue stopping violence or convicting these accountable.

Family members of the victims have lengthy accused Mexican authorities, together with the army, of complicity within the college students’ disappearance.

Lopez Obrador in January confirmed {that a} witness had implicated troopers within the 2014 disappearance of the scholars.

Reporting by Liz Diaz and Noe Torres; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by William Mallard

People march to mark the 7th anniversary since the disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa College

Demonstrators raise their fists as family members march to mark the 7th anniversary since the disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa College

People march to mark the 7th anniversary since the disappearance of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa College