Melissa del Pozo
The experts — attached to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights — say confessions of detainees with credible complaints of torture underpin key parts of the official version of what happened to the 43 students.
The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team found no evidence of the kind of fire required to support the government's earlier conclusion that the students were incinerated at a garbage dump. This is the second external study to demolish that version.
The first group from among 8,000 Cubans stuck in Costa Rica — because Nicaragua won't let them continue their journey to the US — are due to fly to El Salvador in January, from where they will be transported by bus to Mexico.
Thousands of Cuban migrants heading for the United States have been stranded in Costa Rica since Nicaragua closed its border to them in mid-November and other regional governments have rejected proposals to provide them with safe passage north.
The watchdog said the deaths occurred following an operation in January to crack down on vigilantes in the city of Apatzingan in the heart of the troubled Hot Land region of the state of Michoacan.
Student leader Omar García says the recent allegations, which stem from an intercepted phone call detailing a recent attempted kidnapping at the Ayotzinapa college involving local cartels, are designed to discredit the college.
The film dramatizes the government investigation's conclusion that the students were killed and incinerated in a rubbish dump after being accused of being members of a drug gang, a version the parents and international experts reject.
The lawyer who represents parents' of the students says a key detainee never confessed to ordering the murder of the students, as an official claimed.
Tens of thousands of protesters march in Mexico City on rainy day to show indignation over the missing students remains strong
The parents met with President Enrique Peña Nieto with emotions running high, two days ahead of the first anniversary of the disappearance of their children.
On September 26, 2014, Gutierrez was shot in the head by Mexican police. 'He will return, slow, safe, and patient, like the turtles,' a brother says.
Mexico's national security commissioner did not reveal what makes detainee Gildardo Lopez Astudillo the 'author' of the attacks that left 43 young men missing. Later, an Argentine forensics group confirmed the death of a second student.