Survey on students who have disappeared in Mexico: former general prosecutor arrested

In 2014, 43 students disappeared in Ayotzinapa, in the south of the country. Jesus Murillo Karam, apprehended for “forced disappearance, torture and crimes against the administration of justice”, is the most important personality stopped so far within the framework of this controversial investigation.

Le Monde with AFP

Jesus Murillo Karam, the former attorney general of Mexico, was arrested on Friday August 19. This former controversial survey manager on the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 in Ayotzinapa (South) was apprehended at his home in Mexico City for “forced disappearance, torture and crimes against the administration of justice”. He did not oppose resistance, said the general prosecutor’s office in a press release.

m. Murillo Karam, who had exercised his duties under President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), is a former heavyweight of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who ruled Mexico for 71 years without interruption until 2000. Acts the largest personality arrested so far in the context of this investigation, which had restarted from scratch after the coming to power in 2019 of the left president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador.

During the night of September 26 to 27, 2014, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training school, in the southern state of Guerrero, had gone to the city near Iguala to “requisition” buses to go to Mexico, for a demonstration.

of the soldiers implicated

According to the investigation, 43 young people were arrested by local police in collusion with the Cartel of drug traffickers Guerreros Unidos, then killed by bullets and burned in a discharge for reasons that remain obscure. Only the remains of three of them could be identified.

Thursday, an official report published by the Truth Commission Ayotzinapa, set up by Mr. Lopez Obrador, had estimated that Mexican soldiers had a share of responsibility in this crime.

The first official survey, led by Mr. Murillo Karam and whose conclusions were rejected by the families of the victims and by independent experts, attributed any responsibility to the soldiers. This version accused a cartel of drug traffickers of having killed the students by taking them for the members of a rival band.

/Media reports.