Mexican Government Indicts 46 Officials in Student Mass Disappearance Case

AP Photo/Marco Ugarte
AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) announced arrest warrants and numerous charges against 46 public officials in the state of Guerrero who are allegedly tied to the mass disappearance of 43 students in September 2014. The charges include forced disappearance and organized criminal activity.

The announcement took place Tuesday by Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero. The 46 individuals had not been previously charged or accused, Gertz Manero said.

The charges are all related to the September 2014 mass disappearance of 43 students on their way to a protest when they were kidnapped by police and are believed to have been turned over to cartel members. The fate of the students remains unknown however, as Breitbart Texas reported at the time, theories point to cartel members killing and incinerating them. Other allegations remain that Mexico’s government covered up the case and manipulated the evidence.

The public official said that federal prosecutors at the time made several arrests but those charges were ultimately dismissed due to lacking evidence and allegations of torture.

Gertz Manero also revealed that his agency obtained an Interpol red notice to compliment a March arrest warrant against former Mexican Attorney General Tomas Zeron in connection to the case, adding that he has since fled the country as a fugitive.

The case of the 43 missing students has become one of the most controversial in Mexico and draws international attention. During his campaign for president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed he would reopen and resolve the case.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.     |

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