Cases of the “43” in Mexico: anger of the families after the resignation of a prosecutor

Cases of the “43” in Mexico: anger of the families after the resignation of a prosecutor

The resignation of a prosecutor in the case of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa has upset families on the eighth anniversary of this emblematic act of the drama of 100,000 enforced disappearances in Mexico.

The resignation of prosecutor Omar Gomez Trejo was announced by the President on Tuesday.

On the same day, protesters drove a truck into the headquarters of the prosecutor’s office in Iguala, Guerrero state, where the 43 students disappeared on the night of September 26-27, 2014.

The prosecutor resigned a month and a half after the release of an official report that involved the military and no longer just local police and organized crime.

Following this report, former Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam was arrested. The Mexican judiciary has issued more than 80 arrest warrants for those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students, including former high-ranking officials and military personnel.

But the public prosecutor’s office only executed four arrest warrants. About twenty had been suspended, the family lawyer Vidulfo Rosales denounced at a march in Mexico City on Monday.

“The prosecutor is leaving because he disagreed with the procedures used to approve the warrants,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador commented during his news briefing on Tuesday.

The families felt his resignation “highlighted the interference” in the investigation by his hierarchical superiors from the Attorney General’s Office.

The families also credit the judicial hierarchy with “removing the warrants.”

President Lopez Obrador urged the families to have “trust” in the authorities “to proceed with the investigation.”

The President has taken the initiative of a truth commission in the Ayotzinapa case.

His report in August concluded that the Mexican military was also complicit in the crime, exceeding the “historical truth” previously held.

According to this first official investigation, conducted under former President Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018), the 43 young people were arrested by the local police, who were in league with the Guerreros Unidos gang.

They were later shot for unknown reasons and burned in a landfill. Only the remains of three of them could be identified.

Mexico has more than 100,000 missing people, “a human tragedy,” condemned the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in May.


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