"On Friday, Mexican officials announced that three members of a drug cartel had confessed to burning the bodies of 43 students who were abducted in Iguala, a town in the southern state of Guerrero, on Sept. 26 and then killed. The mayor of Iguala and his wife are in custody, accused of ordering the seizure of the students by local police, who then handed them over to the drug gangs. The discovery, during the search for the students, of other mass graves in the area has reinforced the picture of a catastrophic local breakdown of law and order. But this is much more than the story of a small town, or even a country, in thrall to drug gangs. The response to the Guerrero abductions over the past six weeks underscores the central problem that President Enrique Peña Nieto now needs to tackle: Mexico’s criminal justice system cannot properly investigate atrocities, and it lacks the institutional checks needed to rein in endemic corruption, abuse and incompetence."It is a mess to say the least. It will also test President Pena Nieto's political skills. He must show the country that the judicial system can solve a crime like this.
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