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Mexican authorities issue warrants for military, police allegedly linked to the disappearance of 43 students



Mexico issued 25 warrants for individuals allegedly involved in the abduction of 43 students in southern Mexico in 2014, including members of the military and federal police for the first time.

Omar Gomez Trejo, the prosecutor in charge of the case, announced the list of warrants during a press conference to mark the sixth anniversary of the students’ kidnapping.

The warrants have been issued for people who are allegedly “the material and intellectual perpetrators of the disappearance,” including current and former officials of the prosecutor’s office, organized crime, federal police and members of the military.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, and Deputy Interior Secretary Alejandro Encinas, center, stand with Maria Martinez, mother of Miguel Angel Hernandez Martinez, as they hold the clothes embroidered by the mothers of some of the 43 students who disappeared from the School Ayotzinapa Rural Normal, with a reading message in Spanish;

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, and Deputy Interior Secretary Alejandro Encinas, center, stand with Maria Martinez, mother of Miguel Angel Hernandez Martinez, as they hold the clothes embroidered by the mothers of some of the 43 students who disappeared from the School Ayotzinapa Rural Normal, with a reading message in Spanish; “For the 43 and thousands of others, do not disappoint us, Ayotzinapa”, after a presentation on the ongoing investigation into the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of the students, at the National Palace in Mexico City on Saturday 26 September 2020. (AP Photo / Rebecca Blackwell)

“Arrest orders have been issued for the soldiers who will be executed,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “Those who have participated and have shown that they have done so will be judged, this is an advance, there will be no cover-ups”.

The prosecutor’s office did not clarify whether or not his former boss, Jesus Murillo Karam, was included on the list, a man who current Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero has accused of “orchestrating a huge media trick.”

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Students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College disappeared on September 26, 2014, in the state of Guerrero. The remains of only two students have so far been identified with certainty, Reuters reported.

University students join family members of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa's Rural Normal School in a march to mark the sixth anniversary of the 43 students' forced disappearance, in Mexico City on Saturday, September 26, 2020. (AP Photo / Rebecca Blackwell)

University students join family members of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa’s Rural Normal School in a march to mark the sixth anniversary of the 43 students’ forced disappearance, in Mexico City on Saturday, September 26, 2020. (AP Photo / Rebecca Blackwell)

Reports collected by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) indicate that the students had gathered in Iguala to commandeer more intercity buses to be used to travel to rallies and protests, Al Jazeera reported. After getting the buses, the students were stopped by multiple security forces along the way.

The alleged kidnapping took place near a large military base and independent investigations showed members of the military were aware of what was happening.

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The reason for the kidnapping remains a matter of debate, but Gertz Manero said Saturday that “the missing young people were victims who ended up in the midst of a battle of interests between the forces of drug trafficking.”

Gertz Manero added that “nearly 80 people have been massacred and hidden in Iguala by various criminal groups and their official accomplices”. He said he believes a “general cover-up” has been established.

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Student families have long demanded that soldiers be included in the investigation, but López Obrador’s intimacy with the military previously made it a difficult step to take.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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