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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Authorities implicated in 34 cases of torture against Ayotzinapa students

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Zeta Tijuana
PGR, Semar, the Federal Police and even Tomás Zerón participated, says Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

In 34 cases of people prosecuted for the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, there is solid evidence that reveals torture by elements of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Federal Police (PF) and the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), according to a report by the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

According to the document, the 34 people - 33 men and one woman - were tortured with the aim of incriminating themselves and pointing out other possible perpetrators, in addition to being victims of other violations of their fundamental rights, during and after being arrested by agents of the Federal Government, among them, the then director of the Agency of Criminal Investigation (AIC), Tomás Zerón De Lucio.

The report entitled "Double Injustice: Report on human rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case,” which documents the torture suffered by the detainees between September 2014 and January 2016, was presented this Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, by the High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein; and in Mexico City, by the representative in the country of said Office, Jan Jarab.

The OHCHR documented that in the 34 cases there was "a consistent pattern of human rights violations and a practically uniform modus operandi" that included, among others, arbitrary detention of persons suspected by federal authorities, significant delays in the formal presentation of those arrested before agents of the Public Ministry of the PGR.

In addition to acts of torture, which occurred mainly in the first 48 hours after the arrest, with the intention of extracting information or a confession. In the 34 cases analyzed, the detainees presented numerous physical injuries, certified by medical examinations that are compatible with injuries resulting from being tortured.

The detainees were transferred to the Special Prosecutor's Office by the Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) for the PGR, and there followed were the acts of torture in order to obtain a later statement before the public prosecutor. "Some of the self-incriminating statements would have been used as a basis for the acts presented against the detainees and for the accusations against other persons," said OHCHR.

The Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights "found that all cases of documented human rights violations occurred after October 5, 2014, that is, after the PGR extracted the investigation from the Attorney General's Office of the State of Guerrero."

The report indicates that the violations of human rights committed in this stage of the investigation by the Ayotzinapa case have not been diligently addressed by the PGR. In addition, the OHCHR noted that it has not received any information so far of torture allegations during the subsequent detention of persons accused in federal prisons.

OHCHR also noted that during the first stage of the investigation, some cases of human rights violations continued to occur even after well-founded complaints had been filed by the detainees, and in at least one case, they were committed afterwards. Also, that the UN Office and human rights mechanisms transmitted information about these allegations to the authorities.

Some of the forms of torture identified by the OHCHR were beatings, kicking, electric shocks, blindfolding, attempted suffocation, sexual assault and psychological pressure. The federal authorities, to explain the injuries of the accused, blamed "self harm," "injuries prior to arrest," "drunkenness" or "falls," indicated the international body.


One of the cases of torture illustrated by the OHCHR, is that of Agustín García Reyes, who was arbitrarily detained and tortured by elements of the AIC of the PGR, headed by Zerón De Lucio, carried out 28 October 2014 on the San Juan River, where the bags with the ashes of the 43 normalistas were allegedly found.

This story is one of the main foundations that the federal authorities have released as the so-called "historical truth," on January 27, 2015, in which it was argued that the 43 Ayotzinapa normalistas would have been killed and burned in the dumpster of Cocula, Guerrero, and their ashes thrown in plastic bags in said river.

The OHCHR claims to have strong conviction in García Reyes being arbitrarily detained and tortured. He also confirmed that he was taken to the San Juan River without proper registration, where he was interrogated without the presence of his lawyer by the then director of the AIC, Zerón De Lucio, even though that official did not have the legal mandate to do so.

The Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights criticized the lack of documentation in the file that legally upholds the proceedings carried out that day, the inadequate registration and handling of the chain of custody of the evidence allegedly found in the San Juan river.

In addition, it condemned the "false" statement of the then director of the AIC of the PGR, in which he stated that members of the OHCHR team and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team were present at the the forensics tests at the San Juan river.

In another case discussed in the OHCHR report, it was pointed out that there are accusations that one of the accused, Emmanuel Alejandro Blas Patiño -who allegedly was arrested, along with Eury Flores López and Francisco Javier Lozano Cuevas, on October 27 2014 in Cuernavaca, Morelos- and whose death was attributed to a roof fall from a height of 10 meters, died in reality as a result of the torture inflicted by elements of the Navy.

The Semar elements reported the arrest of Flores López and Lozano Cuevas at 5:00 am. However, OHCHR obtained information from the defendants, witnesses and files indicating that the arrest was actually made at 10 pm on October 26, one day before the marines said, and that the three detainees were placed at the disposal of the Public Prosecutor's Office at 11:30 am on the following day.

In the investigation folder SC01 / 7325/2014, a corporal reported that Blas Patiño fell from the roof. However, according to the PGR medical examinations when made available to the MP, Flores López had 30 injuries and Lozano Cuevas 17, although the marines said their capture "was peaceful." However, the first one declared on October 31, 2015, that the three were arrested inside a building, where they also tortured Blas Patiño.

"I heard 'it's not worth it, it's not worth it, he didn't make it, he choked', and I heard the others come and say what he had done and he told them that he had choked, that he didn't make it," said the MP, who determined that the cause of death was "acute brain hemorrhage, brain laceration and spinal cord section and vertebral fracture following severe trauma."


OCHCHR explained that its report "seeks to contribute to the search for truth and justice in the case and, more broadly, to the national agenda to fight against impunity, disappearances and torture in Mexico," in addition, that "a primary objective" of its document presented this Thursday is "to support the current transformative processes of law enforcement" in the country.

The findings of the report" show the need for renewed action on the part of the authorities, particularly those responsible for the enforcement of justice, to avoid an institutional practice of committing acts of torture, as well as their tolerance and concealment," indicated the OHCHR.

"To the extent that acts of torture and other human rights violations committed are not investigated and sanctioned, and evidence obtained under torture is not excluded, not only the rights of the persons prosecuted, but also the right to freedom of truth and justice of the victims of the events that took place on the night of September 26 and 27, 2014," said the international organization.

Based on the above, the Office of the High Commissioner launched a series of recommendations addressed to different authorities of the three branches of the Union and of the three levels of government in Mexico.

The PGR urged to carry out, "within a reasonable period of time," the corresponding investigations and identify those responsible for the arbitrary detentions, acts of torture and other human rights violations described, as well as incorporate the methodology of context analysis in the investigation for such violations to achieve the correct identification of patterns and responsibilities of the hierarchical superiors; among others.

To the holder of the Federal Executive branch, Enrique Peña Nieto, the OHCHR urged to implement the recommendation of the High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on the creation of an Advisory Council to Combat Impunity, which "should propose strategies and reforms that boost research and sanctioning capacities, and pay for initiatives related to the reform of law enforcement."

The OHCHR urged the Legislative Branch to adopt both an institutional reform and an organic law "that effectively guarantees the independence, autonomy and professionalism of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, which includes internal control bodies or judicial processes. accountability."


  1. All criminally involved should get life pero se creen bien calientes.

  2. Since this is Mexico, nobody will be punished as some corrupt judge will rule the evidence was lacking; Any bets?

    1. Careful with that betting. Last 10 bets I placed I actually won 8 of them. 5 I collected on without any problems. 3 don’t want to pay because according to them I’m using magic (like that shit really exists,lol) to win. Talk about sour ass losers making every excuse not to pay. Should I use violence to collect? Or should I just forgive those debts? Forgiveness is hard. It really is. - Sol Prendido

  3. Asking EPN and his lackeys at every level of every law enforcement corporation, their police or their military or their mercenary contractors or feudal narco-politicians to more faithfully discharge their duties is like asking a dog to sing the bible.
    The charges of torture and murder of detainees will go nowhere as have other charges, and sure enough, the crime of the 43 ayotzinapos abduction and disappearance remains untouched and a "secreto de estado"

    1. Nice point!

      Regardless of human rights violation issues presented before the Geneva court. Mexico will not be undermined by anyone pertaining their work / investigative practices.
      What I find somewhat disturbing is of all those individuals being implicated of this horrendous crime. How many or if any are truly responsible for this crime?
      Torturing will often result with admissions of guilt even if it’s a falsehood!

      Many cases involving wrongful convictions here in the US have been overturned. Due to the use of these tactics by certain law enforcement officials.


    2. Soberón, Cienpedos, their commander in cbief, Manuel murillo karam, Miguel angel osorio chong, enrique Francisco gain do ceballos, angel aguirre rivero, they know who did it for them to prevent the ayotzinapos from going one more time to Mexico city to protest The Massacre of Tlatelolco Planned for October 2, one week away.

  4. “Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Federal Police (PF) and the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar)“ arent rhey all supposed to be Mexico's last hope???

    1. A real menudo soup does more for Mexico and its people than the pinchis polesias and melitares.

  5. Just as we knew all along, the government was involved, along with the local cartel.Glad we have the UN that investigated the missing.

    1. UN involvement does not necessarily mean justice will prevail. Look at the number of complaints against many countries that have raised human rights issues practices against them?
      Of the many? How many countries have complied with the UN findings? Rather change its scrupulous policies / practices?
      The ineffectiveness of UN power has been evident with what’s transpiring in Syria. One of many countries where a humanitarian crisis is present.
      The true conspirators will not face prosecution of any kind. Moreover, a slap on the wrist.


  6. these accused criminals only participated in torturing the falsely accused and that is all the accusers are investigating.
    --nothing is being done about the 43 disappeared ayotzinapos and C4 lost evidence, phones used on CISEN and campo militar #1

    1. Expect something?. Only to blame EVERYONE ELSE. Absolutely positively and it Never ends. The same story every single day.

    2. This should be classified a "negativo falso positivo"

    3. 4:28 expect a lot, just wait and see,
      Meany while keep denouncing the mophakas.

    4. 4:28 for a while all I heard about mexican narcos and cartels and all their dirty daily deeds, then I started wondering how come the Mexican poles is are so incomoetent? Because I know they were not incompetent before the ege of the computer and information age and special school trained investigators.
      Now a lot of people know it is because they are the corrupt guilty part originators at tbe root of most crime in mexico.

  7. The huge missing link here is motive - los 43 were disappeared to protect who? BLO?

    1. 12:30 every year since MEXICO 68 when the mother facing government set a trap and murdered thousands of people in Tlatelolco, students from all over Mexico hijack buses to go to Mexico City to protest the dirty dastardly deed.
      --The mexican government was ready since early on the day for the Ayotzinapos the day they were abducted.
      --EPN was too cute for his ministers of "lamberle el hoyo", they all did the operation, they are all covering up, the march on Mexico city is Oct 2 every year, many of today's Mexican politician dignitaries have hijacked buses every year for last 50 years since Tlatelolco Massacre.

    2. @ 5:28 so what you're saying is that the government was behind this for political reasons only, and that no local corrupt officials or cartels were involved?

    3. 5:49 the abduction and disappearance was just the week prior to Oct 2, date of the protest marches in Mexico City, EPN is and was too pretty to put up with ayotzinapos marching in his capital city, because small men are like that and nobody denies "the Presidente".
      -!On top of that, Emilio chuayfet chemor, "La Emilia" had the goal of closing the school for good, since it was the alma mater of Genaro Vazquez Rojas and Lucio cabañas Barrientos.
      --Crimes of state like EPN's in Atenco when he was just the governor, where he arrested men and women but had the women raped is a good example of "where are the politics" there?

    4. 5:49 you would not believe how little men with big egos are, they are people of very little morals, ethics, professionalism and good will towards their fellow men.
      Spesially the bola de maricones in the "cofradia de la Mano caida" (Google), that have invaded mexico's high spheres of power, bent on living like the Queen of Versailles at the expense of the people they despise and abuse at every turn.

    5. They were killed, because the Mayor a female, did not want them to go protest at an event she was hosting. And as we know now, the currupted government helped her.

  8. Excellent job by authorities. Only the best in mexico, highest standards.

    1. 4:23 the best the US could buy and pay for in advance every year thanks to operation "Mayan Jaguar" that left the "Mierda Accords Initiative" on its place...

  9. What I am thinking is this, this kids were mistaken for a rival crew coming in to heat up the plaza or beef. The local goons and cops when at them. When they figured out they had made a mistake of the sorts, that had to make it all go away or they would have a bigger problem on their hands. I hope I don't get attacked for this, but they went in their to steal buses and burn them right? Make ruckus? Isn't that what crime groups do when one of their Bosses gets caught? All I am saying is that this is sad all the way around, but bottom line, don't act like a goon and you won't get treated like one.

  10. 2:35 in Mexico there are no orange school buses for student political activities, so, they have been taking buses for the last 50 years all over Mexico to go and March in Mexico City to protest the massacre of students and other citizens in Tlatelolco, Oct 2 1968.
    --Many of today's pooliticians have done the same thing when they were students, only there has never been a worse asshole in the presidency as EPN backed by the worst criminals in the army, marinas and polesias


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