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  • Protest against the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students, Feb. 2020, Mexico

    Protest against the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students, Feb. 2020, Mexico | Photo: Twitter/ @lajornadaonline

Published 1 July 2020
Opinion

The disappearance of 43 Mexican students is still not fully resolved after almost six years.

Mexico's Attorney General Alejandro Gertz issued 46 arrest warrants against municipal officials for their participation in the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, the State of Guerrero, on September 26, 2014.

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"The Attorney General's Office imputes to 46 officials from various Guerrero municipalities the crimes of forced disappearance and organized crime," local outlet La Jornada reported and explained that the Office of the Attorney General had neither investigated nor prosecuted certain events when this case's proceedings were carried out between 2014 and 2018.

Gertz also ordered the capture of the former director of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), Tomas Zeron, who was in charge of this case during President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration (2012-2018).

According to local outlets, however, he reportedly fled to Canada in March, escaping accusations of torture, disappearance of people, and obstruction of justice against him.

Zeron "already has an arrest warrant and an Interpol red card, for his international location and his extradition," Gertz said.

Federal authorities are also seeking Carlos Arrieta, Michoacan's former Security undersecretary, and Julio Contreras, a former member of the Ministerial Police.

During the Peña Nieto administration, Mexican authorities claimed that the criminal group Guerreros Unidos murdered the 43 missing students and cremated them in a garbage dump.

This version of events was known as “the historical truth”, a phrase that the former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam used to describe the investigations’ conclusion.

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