Judge Reissues Arrest Warrants for Accused Soldiers in Ayotzinapa Case

A federal judge issued eight arrest warrants for soldiers who were paroled a week ago, and who allegedly have ties to the Guerreros Unidos cartel. Photo: Archive

MEXICO CITY. The Second District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings of Toluca, Raquel Duarte, issued eight arrest warrants against eight soldiers involved in the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa.

The soldiers had already been detained in June 2023, and had been accused by the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of the crime of forced disappearance. However, on January 24th they were released on bail.

The accused belonged to the 27th Infantry Battalion based in Iguala, Guerrero, and the 41st Infantry Battalion assigned to the municipality of Teloloapan.

Their names are: Gustavo Rodríguez de la Cruz, Omar Torres Marquillo, Juan Andrés Flores Lagunas, Ramiro Manzanares Sanabria, Roberto de los Santos Eduviges, Eloy Estrada Días, Uri Yashiel Reyes Lazos and Juan Sotelo Díaz, who were also held in the prison of Military Camp 1-A.

To obtain their release on bail, the military deposited a guarantee of 50 thousand pesos each, and also handed over official documents such as passports passport, to prevent them from leaving the country. Despite this, the Second District Judge in Federal Criminal Proceedings reissued the arrest warrants so that the judicial process can continue in prison.

Accused soldiers could be linked to Guerreros Unidos

According to a soldier imprisoned in the prison of Military Camp number 1-A, the eight soldiers with new arrest warrants are accused of having alleged links with the armed group, Guerreros Unidos, a criminal organization to which the disappearance of the 43 student teachers is attributed.

The informant announced that three of the eight linked to the process were detained by elements of the FGR when they showed up to sign at the facilities of the Precautionary Measures Unit, in compliance with other requirements that were imposed on them when they were released a week ago.

Nine years and five months after the Mexican State security forces disappeared the 43 students, almost 80 people involved in the Ayotzinapa case have still not been arrested or prosecuted. Even the former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón de Lucio, identified as the intellectual author of the construction of the “historical truth,” is still a fugitive.

Until now, the mothers and fathers of the 43 student teachers who disappeared on September 26th and 27th in Iguala, Guerrero ask the same question: “Where are they?”

Original article by Kau Sirenio and photo from https://piedepagina.mx/jueza-reactiva-ordenes-de-captura-a-militares-acusados-por-el-caso-ayotzinapa/
Translated by Schools for Chiapas.

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