– 43 students missing: Former Attorney General to be sentenced
Mexico’s former Attorney General Jesus Murillo will be tried in connection with the disappearance of 43 students in 2014. He was the one who supervised the investigation.
Mexico’s former attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, will be tried in a criminal court for the 2014 disappearance of 43 students, a landmark case that spread beyond the country’s borders, a Mexican judge ruled Wednesday. Jesus Murillo Karam, who was attached to the presidential cabinet at the time, will be prosecuted for “enforced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice,” the Federal Council of the Judiciary (CJF) told reporters.
During an appearance, Jesus Murillo Karam supported the controversial investigation into the disappearance of 43 students at the Normal School of Ayodhya in the state of Guerrero on the night of September 26-27. In detention since Friday, he defended the “historical truth” in the Ayotzinaba case, the tip of the iceberg of the 100,000 missing people in Mexico.
This historical “fact” does not mention the involvement of security forces. Released last week, the government panel’s report condemned the military’s participation as a “crime of the state”.
The survey was started afresh
Jesus Murillo Karam was arrested on Friday, the day after the report was published. He served under President Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018). He is the most prominent figure to be arrested so far as part of these investigations, which were newly restarted after leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in 2019.
Prosecutors have also issued arrest warrants against 64 police and military personnel and 14 members of the drug-trafficking group Guerreros Unidos.
Students from the Ayodhya Teacher Training School traveled to the nearby city of Iguala on “demand” buses to travel to Mexico City for the protest. According to the official investigation so far in place, 43 young men were arrested by local police in association with the Guerreros Unidos gang and then shot and burned in a landfill for unclear reasons. Only the remains of three of them could be identified.
On Thursday, an official report released by the “Ayotzinapa Truth Commission” set up by Andrés Manuel López Obrador estimated that Mexican soldiers had a role in the crime, one of the world’s worst human rights violations. About 100,000 people are missing.