Mexico began prosecuting 116 people in the Ayotzinapa case

Mexico began prosecuting 116 people in the Ayotzinapa case
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20 August 2023
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The Mexican government has already began judicial proceedings against 116 people for the disappearance of the 43 student teachers of Ayotzinapa in 2014, the Undersecretary of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, reported today.

He revealed the data on social media as part of the dissemination of the work carried out by the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case and the Special Investigation and Litigation Unit of the Attorney General’s Office.

He explained that of the total number of detainees, 14 are members of the Secretariat of National Defense, among them, a former commander of the 27th Infantry Battalion and one of the 41st Battalion, a captain, a lieutenant and 10 soldiers, plus an individual from the Secretariat of the Navy.

Other people being prosecuted are the former Attorney General of the Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam; the former anti-kidnapping director of the Specialized Deputy Attorney General’s Office for Organized Crime Investigations, Gualberto Ramírez Gutiérrez, and the former public prosecutor of the same agency.

Encinas said that 32 members of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, 49 municipal police officers have been arrested: two from Cocula, nine from Huitzuco and 38 from Iguala; plus four federal and three federal ministerial police officers, as well as seven state police officers.

Also in prison are the former secretary of Public Security of Guerrero, Leonardo Octavio Vázquez Pérez; the former municipal president of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, and the former president of the financial information department of that municipality, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa.

Undersecretary of the Interior pointed out that during this process of judicialization, another 77 people involved, out of 169 consigned, have been exonerated by judges.

Regarding the former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón, a fugitive in Israel, Encinas indicated that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has reiterated on different occasions the request for his extradition for torture and other crimes.

With these actions, President López Obrador’s commitment to fight impunity becomes a reality. Opening the process to public scrutiny represent a new stage in Mexico’s social justice,” he said.

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