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AMLO Defends Military Leaders After Report on Missing Students’ Case

  • Naval officers were found moving evidence at the crime scene
  • Military personnel were receiving orders from superiors: AMLO
Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City.

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended Mexico’s current military top brass after a newly-released independent report about the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 blamed navy officers for tampering with evidence at a crime scene.

The case, which shocked the nation and damaged the reputation of then-president Enrique Pena Nieto, is still under investigation but the new report released Monday by independent investigators showed videos of navy officials moving bags and lighting a fire at a garbage dump where the prosecutor’s office later found evidence.