As the seventh anniversary of the execrable Ayotzinapa case in which 43 students from a rural school in Guerrero disappeared, Lopez Obrador is addressed by a letter to Naftali Bennet, Prime Minister of Israel. The reason is that he carried out the arrest and subsequent extradition to Mexico of Tomás Zerón de Lucio, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, and self-exiled in the Middle East. Zerón is accused of his alleged responsibility in the crimes of torture, forced disappearance of persons and against the administration of justice during the investigation of the 43 disappeared in 2014. A day earlier, a judge had denied his possible return to Mexico . The ex-command would have presented an amparo despite the fact that he is charged by the General Prosecutor’s Office and that he has several arrest warrants as a red card from Interpol.
The resolution of the forced disappearance of the 43 students it has always been mired in mystery and uncertainty. This is demonstrated by the fact that international experts denied that all the victims were cremated in a landfill due to a physical impossibility. As an example, the body of Christian Alfonso Rodríguez – one of the three students who have managed to be identified – was found a kilometer away. A version that was reached in the previous presidential term that considered that corrupt policemen handed over the students to a criminal group that murdered them and burned them in a garbage dump.
The prosecutor in charge of the case, Omar Gomez TrejoHe assured two days ago during a press conference that “through crimes of torture and deprivation of liberty” was “how they obtained some key testimonies” for the resolution of the Ayotzinapa case, according to his words. The scope of the investigation has led to a search for the bodies in 136 points in seven different municipalities, recovering 27 unidentified bodies.
While still president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised the families of the 43 disappeared to reopen the inquiries before a Truth Commission in which the Executive could not interfere. Three years ago, the Mexican president chose to clarify this forced disappearance in the southwest of the country, which was joined by nine murders and more than 40 injuries at the hands of Mexican authorities and organized crime. The Obrador Administration decided to reopen perhaps as a representation of the 32,096 people who were unaccounted for in Mexico alone, the year before the leader won the elections.
Within the investigations, up to 40 arrests remain pending since only 49 of the 89 arrest warrants have been executed. 31,238 documents, 40 videos of interrogations and 21 people linked to the Ayotzinapa case have been executed during the clarification of the convoluted case. Meanwhile, the families of the 43 normalistas protested in front of the Prosecutor’s Office to demand that the pending orders be executed.