MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities have arrested retired basic Jose Rodriguez for his suspected involvement within the 2014 disappearance of 43 pupil lecturers, a senior official stated Thursday, making him the highest-ranking army officer up to now held over the case.
Deputy Safety Minister Ricardo Mejia stated 4 arrest warrants had not too long ago been issued towards army officers over the infamous abduction of the 43 college students within the southwestern metropolis of Iguala in 2014.
“In the intervening time, three of them have been carried out and there are three detainees, together with the commander of the twenty seventh infantry battalion on the time,” Mejia advised a information convention.
Rodriguez was in command of the unit in the course of the abductions, which the earlier authorities stated had been executed by corrupt native police working in cahoots with an area drug gang.
After presenting a overview of the case by the present administration, Deputy Inside Minister Alejandro Encinas stated in late August six of the lacking college students had been handed over alive to Rodriguez and that he had ordered them killed.
Requested for remark in regards to the accusations towards Rodriguez, Mexico’s Protection Ministry stated it had no data.
The federal government referred to the case as a “state crime” in its report, which alleged native, state and federal authorities, together with the Military, had been complicit and concerned in a cover-up of the scholars’ disappearances.
The Military was on the time commanded by Salvador Cienfuegos, who was later on the heart of a diplomatic spat with america when he was arrested by U.S. officers at Los Angeles airport on medicine expenses in 2020.
He denied any wrongdoing and the case was subsequently dropped.
Two Mexican officers stated the federal government didn’t have plans to go after Cienfuegos over the disappearances.
Information of Rodriguez’s arrest comes a day after the decrease home of Congress voted to maintain troopers on the streets to supervise public safety till 2028, feeding concern in regards to the quantity of energy President Andres Manuel Lopez has given the Military.