The Mexican government announced this Thursday the arrest of General José Rodríguez Pérez, considered the first high-ranking military officer detained for his alleged participation in the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students 8 years ago.
“There are three (military) detainees, including the commander of the 27th Infantry Battalion when the events in Iguala occurred in September 2014,” reported Ricardo Mejía, Undersecretary of Security of the Government of Mexico in his weekly report “Zero impunity ”.
The arrest follows the report presented on August 18 by the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case, which concluded that the disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero was a “state crime” in in which authorities at all levels were involved.
General Rodríguez Pérez is accused of ordering the execution of six of the 43 students who were alive for four days after the events that occurred on September 26, 2014, as presented by the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, in charge of the commission. .
Amid criticism for the perceived impunity of the Armed Forces, Undersecretary Mejía affirmed this Thursday that “four arrest warrants have been issued against elements of the Mexican Army.” “Three (soldiers) have already been detained, there are four arrest warrants and they will continue to report on this,” said the official, who did not detail the charges of the rest of the arrested soldiers.
In search of the truth
The controversy over the disappearance of the 43 young people from Ayotzinapa has been revived days before the eighth anniversary of the crime after the report of the Truth Commission, which also concludes that there are no indications that they are alive and recognizes the participation of elements of the Armed Forces.
The president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, promised to solve the crime and that there will be no impunity, but relatives still demand to know his whereabouts and activists accuse the authorities of covering up the participation of the Army.
The Government of López Obrador rejected the “historical truth”, the version of the Government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) that affirmed that corrupt police officers detained the students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, which murdered them and incinerated them in a dump in Warrior.
The López Obrador administration denied that version, agreeing with relatives and with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), which stated that the bodies could not be burned in that place.