PGR experts are linked to the process by Ayotzinapa case

Abel Barajas
Reform Agency

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 21:14

Mexico City- A federal judge linked two experts from the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic to the trial, for allegedly altering and losing evidence of two skeletal remains of the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa.

Jesús Eduardo Vázquez Rea, Control Judge of the Federal Criminal Justice Center of the Oriente Prison, prosecuted Mauricio Cerón and Patricia Gómez for only one of the two crimes against the administration of justice that were charged.

The forensics are attributed not having delivered a bone rest for scientific analysis and, as a consequence, not having prepared an opinion that should have been included in the preliminary investigation, assuming that for the Attorney General of the Republic it hinders knowing the truth of the facts .

The experts, according to the reports obtained, presented to the judge a private opinion that concludes that the two skeletal remains that they are accused of having lost are actually birds, which is why they were not considered as evidence.

Said expert opinion is based on a video and images obtained from it, recorded on the day of the diligence of October 28, 2014 in the Río San Juan area, in which plastic bags with the remains of the normalistas were found.

Federal sources reported that the judge set a period of six months for the complementary investigation, within which both the federal prosecutors and the accused will gather the evidence they will present for a possible trial.

The defendants will enjoy provisional freedom during the procedure, but they must go to sign each month at the Unit for Monitoring and Supervision of Precautionary Measures and Conditional Suspension of the Process.

The offense for which they were linked to the procedure is punishable by 4 to 10 years in prison and a 100 to 150 day fine.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic originally charged two crimes against the administration of justice, provided for in sections 31 and 32 of article 225 of the Federal Criminal Code.

The first was charged for the alleged alteration of the scene and loss of evidence related to a criminal act; and the second, for obstructing the investigation of the criminal act.

The judge, however, considered that the first offense was subsumed in the second and, in addition, analyzed as an additional criminal conduct the press conference that Tomás Zerón, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, gave on April 27, 2016 , because the two experts were present at it and, according to the FGR, “they endorsed false facts.”

According to federal sources, the judge only linked the process for the crime against the administration of justice in section 32 of the aforementioned article and decided not to link the process with regard to the press conference, where he did not observe any illegal and where the experts were only present as a public, but did not participate in it.

Reports obtained indicate that the forensics asked the judge to annul the statements of Agustín García Reyes, “El Chereje”, because he denounced that Zerón and other officials tortured him and illegally took him to that diligence of the San Juan River, in order to find the Bone remains.

The judge, however, rejected the request and granted the status of an indication to the saying of the alleged hitman from Guerreros Unidos.

One of the contradictions in the case is that “El Chereje” declared that Zerón forced him to “plant” in the San Juan River the bags with human remains of the Ayotzinapa normalistas, indications that allowed the identification of one of the victims, but the Experts who were in the diligence are accused of losing two clues in order not to identify the students.

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