Mexico arrests its first high-ranking military officer for the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa in 2014.
The Mexican government announced this Thursday the arrest of General José Rodríguez Pérez, believed to be the first high-ranking military officer to be detained over the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students eight years ago.
“Three (military) officers, including the commander of the 27th Infantry Battalion, were detained in September 2014 when the incidents occurred in Iguala,” said Ricardo Mejia, the Mexican government’s deputy security minister, in his weekly Zero Impunity report.
The arrests followed a report presented on August 18 by the Truth and Justice Commission on the Ayotzinapa case, which concluded that the disappearance of 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero was a “state crime” involving authorities at all levels. .
General Rodríguez Pérez is accused of ordering the execution of six of the 43 students who survived within four days of the Sept. 26, 2014 incident, said Alejandro Encinas, the deputy human rights minister who leads the commission. .
Amid criticism of the military’s alleged acquittal, Undersecretary of State Mejia confirmed Thursday that “four arrest warrants have been issued for elements of the Mexican military.” “Three (soldiers) have already been detained, four have warrants for their arrest and will continue to report it,” said the official, who did not elaborate on the charges against the other arrested soldiers.
In search of truth
Controversy over the disappearance of 43 young men from Ayotzinapa has been renewed days before the eighth anniversary of the crime following a report by the Truth Commission, which concluded there was no sign they were alive and acknowledged the involvement of elements of the armed forces. .
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has vowed to solve the crime and there will be no punishment, but relatives have sought his whereabouts and activists have accused authorities of covering up the military’s involvement.
López Obrador’s government has rejected the “historical truth” version of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) that corrupt police rounded up the students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, who killed and burned them. them in the junkyard in Warrior.
López Obrador’s administration rejected this account, agreeing with relatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Interdisciplinary Panel of Independent Experts (GIEI), which said the bodies should not be cremated at the site.
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