Mexico to deploy drones for searching missing students

Mexico City, Oct 30 (IANS) The Mexican Public Prosecutor’s Office is set to deploy drones during the new phase of its search for the 43 students of a teacher training institute who went missing last year, the media reported on Friday.

“One of the approaches sought by the families (of the missing students) was the use of technology. They, for example, and also (international) experts proposed the use of drones,” Deputy Attorney General Eber Omar Betanzos Torres of Human Rights said on Thursday.

He said “this technology is already ready for use”, but did not reveal if the Office is in possession of the drones.

Torres also spoke about his meeting with Carlos Beristain and Omar Gomez of the international group of experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights to collaborate with the investigations.

The purpose of the meeting was to establish a work plan for the six months tenure of the group in Mexico, he said.

However, that does not necessarily mean “the investigation will close in six months,” he added.

The human rights commission announced on Wednesday the experts appointed for the investigation of 43 students who went missing from Iguala municipality, in the Mexican state of Guerrero on September 26, 2014.

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