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    Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam (L) and Senior Director of the Criminal Investigation Agency of the Mexican Attorney General's Office, Tomas Zeron de Lucio attend a news conference about the missing students of Ayotzinapa, in Mexico City October 9, 2014. (Photo: Reuters) | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 October 2014

Iguala mayor, accused of complicity in the disappearance of 43 students, is believed to still be in the country.

State prosecutor Murillo Karam reported that nearly 40 suspects are now in custody in connection with the disappearances of 43 teachers college students in Iguala, Guerrero. In an interview with Carmen Aristegui of Noticias MVS, Murillo said “We are working hard, we have thirty-some in custody, possibly 40. But I am not satisfied with just arresting the perpetrators.”

The legal representative for the State Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón de Lucio reported that Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca has left Guerrero but has not left the country. “I believe he is still in the country. We are looking for him in an ongoing investigation. We have people on him,” the federal official to ld Adela Micha of Grupo Imagen.

The First District Amparo Court in Crimes in Mexico CIty issued an Amparo injunction for Abarca Velázquez, effectively a protection order, that would impede federal authorities from finding or detaining him, unless he is presumed to have committed capital crimes, such as criminal association. In that case, the Amparo protection would not apply.

So far, fifteen district and federal courts in the state of Guerrero negate that any capital crimes can be attributed to the Iguala mayor.

Meanwhile, Excelsior reported that Friday was the deadline for certifying 350 additional police units a to be deployed to secure Guerrero.

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