Courts free more suspects in case of disappeared students

Courts free more suspects in case of disappeared students
Parents of some of the 43 missing teacher's college students sit behind posters depicting their missing loved ones, during a press conference following a private meeting they had with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. As the fifth anniversary of the students' disappearance at the hands of police approaches, relatives complained Wednesday that progress in the case has been too slow and some institutions are uncooperative. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says courts have freed another 24 people who’d been implicated in the disappearance of 43 students — a case that created outrage across the country.

Under-Secretary of Government Alejandro Encinas said Sunday the detainees were freed the previous evening.

Seventy-seven of the 142 people arrested in the case have now been freed. Nobody has yet been convicted.

Investigators say local police in the town of Iguala rounded up the leftist teachers’ college students and turned them over to a drug gang in September 2014.

The previous government said the students were killed and their bodies burned. But international investigators said the forensic evidence was botched and that officials ignored other possibilities, including involvement by the military.

The international team said many of those arrested were tortured.