“Give me the detainees”: Government of Mexico reveals messages from police and criminals involved in the disappearance of the 43 from Ayotzinapa

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On the instructions of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa Case (CoVAJ) released this Friday afternoon the transcript of two conversations between police officers and criminals who had participated in the disappearance of 43 normalista students, perpetrated during the so-called ‘Iguala night’, between September 26 and 27, 2014, in the state of Guerrero.

On the first page of the document, which was delivered by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and published by the Commission that reopened the Ayotzinapa case, there is an exchange of text messages between the commander of the municipal police of Iguala, Francisco Salgado Valladares, and one of the leaders of the criminal group United warriors, Gilberto, aka ‘Gil’, who is indicated as responsible for ordering the kidnapping and disappearance of the students.

In that communication, dated September 26, 2014, the policeman reported on the arrest of some “ayotzinapos” and, in response, ‘Gil’ asked him to hand over the students on the road to Pueblo Viejo, and He adds that he already has a “bed to land them on.”

Afterwards, the commander communicates that has “17 in a cave” So what will deliver to others 21 who travel on a bus “so you can blow them up.” “Yes, give me all the detainees,” replies ‘Gil’.

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Clandestine grave

The second official letter refers to an alleged conversation, dated October 4, 2014, between an individual named Alejandro ‘Cholo’ Palacios and a subject identified as Ramón, who would be a “possible” municipal police of Tepecoacuilco.

In the exchange of messages, ‘Cholo’ claims that they found “a clandestine grave“Which would have been used by ‘Gil’ in Pueblo Viejo. The police officer lets it be known that ‘Gil’ was being asked to hand over” about 10, as they were, to calm down a bit. “

Later, the officer hints that ‘Gil’ is under his protection and that he would hand it over to him.

The dissemination of these conversations was the subject of controversy.

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center maintained that the publication of such information could compromise the “success” of the investigation, currently in progress.

In addition, the organization emphasized that the published document is proof that “the Army withheld information since 2014“and that he” continued to administer it “after a presidential decree, of December 2018,” forced him to hand over to the civil authorities all the elements he had on the matter. ”

Given the military’s opacity, it cannot be ruled out that there is more information in his possession“said the Center.

New research

With the launch of the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice, the López Obrador government reopened the investigation of the case, after dismissing the version constructed by the administration of his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto, due to multiple irregularities. At that time, it was stated that municipal policemen had handed over the normalistas to members of Guerreros Unidos, who ended up killing and burning them in the Cocula garbage dump and then throwing them into the San Juan River, which was later proven false by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI).

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More than seven years after the ‘Iguala night’, only the bodies of three students have been found and subsequently identified. Is about Alexander Mora Venancio, Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre and Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz.

In the current term of López Obrador, there are already 49 people arrested in the case, including federal and local officials who colluded to disappear the young students.

Recently, the Mexican government asked Israel for the extradition of the former director of the Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón, who was one of the operators of the so-called “historical truth” of Peña Nieto.

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