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Sedena reserves information on death flights in the Dirty War – El Sol de México

The Historical Clarification Mechanism (MEH) of the Truth Commission for the Dirty War denounced that the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) It has been denied to share complete information about the so-called flights of death

He MEH reported that since November 2023 he asked the Sedenavia transparency, the proceedings SC034/2000/IV/1E-BIS, preliminary investigation that the Military Public Ministry prepared two decades ago in relation to flights to the sea. Although at first the National Defense requested an extension, by January 2024 it recognized the existence of a 13-volume file of the preliminary investigation and a total of 8,703 pages.

Once the requirements for the reproduction of the file have been met, the Sedena It only delivered 1,140 pages of the 8,704 that make it up. The dependence argument that for the amount of file Delivery would be made in three parts.

However, the Sedena avoided delivering the rest of the file and in parallel requested the return of the more than a thousand sheets delivered. According to the instance, “it was notified that on February 21, the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic requested a certified copy of this document because it is part of the preliminary investigation SIEDF/CGI/334/07, so the document is considered reserved”.

Currently, the file remains incomplete and the litigation for its declassification is in the hands of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (Inai), the MEH denounced.

What are death flights?

The flights of death They were a counterinsurgency practice deployed by the Mexican State from the Pie de la Cuesta Air Base, in Acapulco, Guerrero, during the dirty warthe name given to the period in which the government resorted to repression to dissuade social movements between 1960 and 1990.

He Mexican Armythrough the flights of death, He threw the bodies of hundreds of people into the sea to disappear. Last November, the investigative outlet Fábrica de Periodismo documented that between 1974 and 1979, the Army carried out at least 54 death flights and threw 350 people into the sea.

The Historical Clarification Mechanism complaints also include responses to requests such as list of people who were thrown into the sea from Army aircraft between January 1, 1965 and December 31, 1990. As well as the name of the people prosecuted by military justice for their possible responsibility, charges they faced, military justice resolutions and the legal status currently held by each of these people.

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