The IACHR panel complained they were unable to interview military personnel who could have witnessed the killings

An independent investigation into the disappearance of 43 Mexican students nearly a year ago has rejected the government’s account of events.

The government investigation said the bodies were burned at a rubbish dump hours after the students went missing. But the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says it has found no evidence to support claims that the bodies were incinerated. The Mexican government has now ordered a new investigation.

Shortly after the IACHR report was published, Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez said a new forensic team would return to the area where the bodies were supposed to have been burned.

Relatives have always rejected the official investigation. They accused the authorities of covering up the alleged involvement of high-ranking officials and possibly the army in the killings.

The case shocked Mexico and led to weeks of protests against official impunity and the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

After a six-month investigation, the Washington-based IACHR released a report of nearly 500 pages urging the government to continue looking for the missing students. A Peruvian fire expert hired by the commission concluded that it was impossible for all the bodies to have been burned at the landfill site in the municipality of Cocula, in the western state of Guerrero. (BBC)