Missing students Mexico: arrest warrants against soldiers

SSix years after the alleged murder of 43 students, the Mexican judiciary has issued arrest warrants for soldiers allegedly involved in the disappearance of the young people. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the court order to arrest the military on Saturday when a report on the state of the investigation was presented. Parents of the students also took part, who had suspected that soldiers were involved for years.

Exactly six years ago, on the night of September 26-27, 2014, near the city of Iguala in the state of Guerrero, the 43 students of a left-wing teachers’ seminar in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, disappeared when they wanted to travel to a demonstration in the capital Mexico City .

Doubts about the official version

According to the Mexican judiciary, the group was abducted by corrupt police officers and extradited to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang. Gang members are said to have mistaken them for members of a warring cartel, murdered them in a garbage dump and burned them.

The students’ families and independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights questioned the official results of the investigation. The government of then President Enrique Peña Nieto was criticized internationally for the slow processing of the case.

New investigations

The controversy surrounding the case prompted his successor, López Obrador, to found a truth commission that was supposed to “start from scratch” with the investigation. Truth Commission President Alejandro Encinas said Saturday that the Defense Ministry has now released information on a military unit stationed in the region six years ago.

“When will you arrest the soldiers?” Asked a spokeswoman for the victims’ families, María Martínez Zeferino. “We had hoped for something different today. It’s been six years and we have nothing. “