HAVANA._ With the objective of exchanging information from a professional point of view and bringing scientific results up to date, the Cuban capital hosted the 9th International Symposium on Criminology Technique, Tecnicrim 2015, from September 23 to 25.

With the objective of exchanging information from a professional point of view and bringing scientific results up to date, the Cuban capital hosted the 9th International Symposium on Criminology Technique, Tecnicrim 2015, from September 23 to 25.The President of Havana´s University of Medical Sciences, Jorge González, underlined Cuba´s highlevel achievements in this specialty and sustained that the country is on par with developed nations in terms of forensic techniques.

However, the U.S. economic and financial blockade imposed on the island directly affects the development of the sector because the regulations prevent Cuba from getting the necessary equipment and related supplies, he recalled.

In comments to The Havana Reporter the specialist referred to the importance of conducting a detailed analysis when working on a crime scene, and criticized the easiness with which cases are solved in TV series broadcast all over the world, which distort viewers´ perception of the reality.

A similar warning was made by Vladimir Bagdanov, head of Russia´s Institute of Criminology, who noted that the television series on forensic techniques make viewers believe that those methods are easy.

Transnational organized crime steps up dramatically, and criminology must evolve equally fast, said Bagdanov.

Extremism, terrorism, and trafficking in human beings, arms and illegal drugs are some of the realities that forensic experts have to deal with, the Russian expert commented.

Attended by 200 delegates from 18 countries, Tecnicrim 2015 provided room for discussing the case of the 43 Normalista members who went missing in Ayotzinapa. The case was introduced by Lieutenant Edgar Eliazar and criminologist Maria Alvarado, who are members of an independent investigation team from Mexico.

With the objective of exchanging information from a professional point of view and bringing scientific results up to date, the Cuban capital hosted the 9th International Symposium on Criminology Technique, Tecnicrim 2015, from September 23 to 25.It is known that the Normalistas had been monitored four hours before the events occurred. These types of acts are rated as ¨terror attacks¨ which ensure the operating capacity of criminal organizations.

However, it is not yet known why those 43 students were chosen, said Eliazar.

The lieutenant explained that the events on September 26, 2014 are closely related to the activities of drug cartels in the region, because 65 percent of the opium grown there is cultivated in areas near the place where the massacre was reported.

Meanwhile, Maria Alvarado reminded all of the interests behind the event, because Iguala City –which is near the Ayotzinapa estate- is one of the main routes through which white heroin is smuggled into the United States.

Almost one year after the incident, Alvarado noted, the people involved in the case are still regarded as ¨allegedly¨ responsible, the 43 victims continue to be referred to as ¨missing¨ and the case remains open.

Cuba is internationally renowned for its significant contribution to the implementation of forensic techniques and investigation procedures. The country upholds relations of mutual cooperation with different institutes of criminology such as those of Nicaragua, Angola and Mozambique.

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