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Mexico won’t allow soldiers to speak to experts about 43 missing students

Relatives of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa teachers' college students lead a march marking the one-year anniversary of the students' disappearances in Chilpancingo, Mexico on Sept. 26, 2015. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s defence 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.

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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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