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Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students' case

  • Angela Buitrago of the international experts group, left, hugs a relative of the 43 missing students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. In a report released Sunday, the group said there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Angela Buitrago of the international experts group, left, hugs a relative of the 43 missing students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. In a report released Sunday, the group said there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • A member of the international experts group holds a copy of their final report in the disappearance of 43 students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The report says there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    A member of the international experts group holds a copy of their final report in the disappearance of 43 students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The report says there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alejandro Valencia, left, Angela Buitrago, second left, Francisco Cox, center, Carlos Beritain, second right, and Claudia Paz, of the international experts group hold copies of their final report in the disappearance of 43 students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The report says there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Alejandro Valencia, left, Angela Buitrago, second left, Francisco Cox, center, Carlos Beritain, second right, and Claudia Paz, of the international experts group hold copies of their final report in the disappearance of 43 students, in Mexico City, Sunday, April 24, 2016. The report says there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of the students. The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

A report by an outside group of experts says there is evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students.

The group said Sunday that a study of 17 of the approximately 110 suspects arrested in the case showed signs of beatings.

One suspect said he was nearly asphyxiated and another had been slapped on the ears so hard his eardrums broke.

The Mexican government recently released documents suggesting investigations had been opened against police and military personnel, but has refused to say if any have been arrested or charged.

The 43 students have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in September 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state.