MEXICO CITY (AP) – Almost six years after 43 students disappeared from the southern Guerrero state of Mexico, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said on Tuesday that prosecutors had filed 46 arrest warrants for municipal officials in the state regarding the case.
The warrants are based on the forced disappearance and allegations of organized crime, Gertz Manero said. Many of these officials have been arrested before and released over time when cases against them broke up. Gertz Manero said the new charges were never investigated or filed by prosecutors at the time.
The original investigation concluded in what the then Attorney General called “historical truth” that the 43 students of the teacher training college in Ayotzinapa were kidnapped in September 2014 by the police in Iguala and transferred to the criminal gang Guerreros Unidos, who murdered them and burn their bodies. External experts identified numerous weaknesses in the investigation.
Gertz Manero said on Tuesday that there is still an international search going on for Tomás Zerón, the principal investigator of the case as head of the Criminal Investigation Agency. Zerón received an arrest warrant in March, but he fled the country, Gertz Manero said. A central character, an alleged founder of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos who blamed for the students’ disappearance, was arrested Monday, Gertz Manero said.
Since the Attorney General’s Office started the investigation under Gertz Manero, more remains have been found and sent to the University of Innsbruck in Austria for identification, he said Tuesday.
More charges are expected against other officials later this week, Gertz Manero said.
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