President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador has raised the possibility that those incarcerated for the disappearance of 43 school students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, could be considered protected witnesses if they work together on a September 2014 case to clarify.
The 43 “normalists” disappeared during a protest by the security forces and criminal organizations, and López Obrador has asked those detained for these events to provide truthful information about the case, a symbol of impunity against crime in Mexico.
“The aim is also to ensure that the detainees can be viewed as protected witnesses because there was a pact of silence, an agreement not to speak, and this pact must be broken,” the Mexican president said in his daily press conference.
López Obrador made his appeal to the prisoners themselves and also to their families, whom he asked for intercession in order to convince them. “We are interested in all Mexicans and especially in parents and most young people to find out the whereabouts of these young people,” he said according to the newspaper ‘El Universal’.
Mexico’s Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero on Saturday presented the progress of the investigation into the disappearance of the 43 students, accusing the previous government, led by President Enrique Peña Nieto, of lying and covering up and carrying out false trials.