Jalisco’s Attorney General reopens case of 3 missing students
Last Thursday, it was reported that Vicente de Jesús, a law student from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), was found dead in a canal in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga - Photo: Carlos Zepeda/EFE

Jalisco’s Attorney General reopens case of 3 missing students

27/12/2018
16:38
Raúl Torres / Corresponsal
Mexico City
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A UN document demanded that the case be reassigned to the Attorney General's Office (PGR)

The Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office announced that it would reopen the investigation of the disappearance of three film students in the Tonalá municipality, which took place in March of the present year.

The Attorney General, Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez, informed that he had met with the victims’ parents Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Marco Francisco García Ávalos, and Jesús Daniel Díaz García, who have pointed out some inconsistencies regarding the original investigation conducted by the past state administration.

Solís Gómez reminded that the hypothesis thrown by the outgoing government led by PRI member Aristóteles Sandoval, was that the three students from the Audiovisual Media University were murdered and their bodies dissolved in acid; however, he claimed that he had reviewed and analyzed the investigation folder and found no evidence to sustain said claim, meaning that the three young students might still be alive.

The Attorney General stated that the Prosecutor’s Office would not rule out any hypothesis, vowing to review the investigation details to determine if there had been an exercise of due diligence.

He claimed that the government body had received a report issued by the UN’s Committee on Enforced Disappearances, requesting to take all necessary measures to locate the three film students.

The document also demands that the case be reassigned to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), which is why the local Prosecutor’s Office has decided to make contact with the government body through their delegation in Jalisco to request for help in the investigation.

The investigation folder for the disappearance of the three students has already been brought to court, leading to five arrests: Gerardo “N” El Cochi, Omar “N” El QBA, Jonathan “N” Kalimba, Miguel Ángel “N” El Tuntún, and Jonathan Josué “N” El Choco, alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who seemingly mistook the three youngsters with members of a rival criminal gang.

Another student murdered

Last Thursday, it was reported that Vicente de Jesús, a law student from the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), was found dead in a canal in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. Last night, the student’s parents went to the forensic service to identify the body.

Last Saturday, the architecture and design student Ángel de Jesús Colunga was also reported as missing.
 

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