MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s federal prosecutor’s office reported on Tuesday the existence of a new arrest warrant for “probable torture” against Tomás Zerón, former chief investigator in the case of the 43 Ayotzinapa students who disappeared more than six years ago. years and whose whereabouts are still unknown.
Zerón, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, is considered the main responsible for the cover-up of the disappearances that took place in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, on September 26, 2014 and in which security forces of different levels participated. of government.
The Mexican prosecutor’s office locates Zerón in Israel and there is an Interpol red card to locate him, but with the new order the Mexican authorities hope to achieve greater collaboration to arrest and eventually extradite the former official accused of “forced disappearance of persons, torture and coalition of public servants, “he said in a statement.
On September 26, 2014, local Iguala police captured the students with the participation of other security corporations and criminals. The government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) assured that the young people were handed over to organized crime, which murdered them, incinerated the 43 bodies in a garbage dump in a neighboring municipality, Cocula, and dumped the remains into a nearby river.
However, this version, which the former prosecutor Jesús Murillo Karam considered “the historical truth”, was totally discarded among other things because the alleged prosecution evidence, the fragment of a bone of one of the students found in the river, was considered a assembly by the current prosecution. In addition, the rest of the other student – identified last July – was found in a place other than the garbage dump.
The new arrest warrant for Zerón implicates him in the apparent torture of one of the detainees with the aim of “declaring what was being forced on him in order to justify the so-called historical truth.”
Zerón is the highest-ranking former official on the run. He apparently fled the country in 2019 bound for Canada and then went to Israel.
At the end of 2016, former President Peña Nieto withdrew Zerón from the investigative agency, but to give him a promotion.
The current attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, also accuses him of having stolen more than one billion pesos from the budget of the then attorney general’s office, some 50 million dollars.
Since Andrés López Obrador came to power in December 2018, a Truth Commission was created on the case, some thirty new searches have been carried out and key processes have been initiated against two officials: the head of the federal ministerial police for torture and one detective for falsification of documents.
Perhaps one of the most symbolic advances was that last year the capture of alleged material and intellectual authors of the events was ordered, including federal and military police, two bodies that until then had been untouchable. But after more than six years it is still unknown what really happened to the missing students.