Ayotzinapa case: advances in the investigation of the cataloged “state crime”

Ayotzinapa case: advances in the investigation of the cataloged "state crime"

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One day after the report of the Truth Commission was presented, which classified the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa in 2014 as a “state crime”, Jesús Murillo Karam, the then attorney general of Mexico, was arrested for alleged obstruction of justice, forced disappearance and torture in the case. The Prosecutor’s Office argued that his capture was due to flight risk. After almost eight years, how is the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case going? We analyze it in The Debate.

In addition to the former Mexican attorney, another 83 arrest warrants were issued in the southern state of Guerrero against military commanders, troop personnel, local and state police, as well as administrative and judicial authorities. This is the first significant advance in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case and the first time that these disappearances have been classified as a “state crime.”

The report of the Truth Commission, the arrest warrants and the recent arrests show progress in the investigation. For many it is one of the biggest scandals against human rights in the recent history of Mexico. What does this progress mean? Who will pay for this crime? Will the framework that surrounds these disappearances be known in the end? To analyze this topic we talked with our guests:

– Edith Olivares Ferreto, Executive Director of Amnesty International Mexico.

– Juan Ibarrola, journalist specializing in issues related to the Armed Forces and security.

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