Sunday, February 5, 2023

US hands over ex-Ayotzinpa agent to Mexico

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – US authorities have turned over to Mexico a former police officer who was wanted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 and who is believed to be a key player in the case.

The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its initials in English) on Wednesday delivered at a border crossing in Ciudad Juárez, Mexican Alejandro N., who was wanted for criminal offenses, the National Institute of Migration said in a statement. . and kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of students from the Ayotzinpa Normal School in the southern city of Iguala in the state of Guerrero.

A federal agent confirmed to The Associated Press that the man turned in was Alejandro Tenescalco, a former supervisor with the Iguala municipal police, to whom Mexican authorities have offered a reward of 10 million pesos (about $500,000) for his capture. It was

Tenescalco was detained by CBP on December 20 for illegally entering US territory and was extradited to Mexico after it was determined that he did not meet the requirements for an asylum application.

The former agent remained in the custody of the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico.

Four years earlier, Alejandro Encinas, the undersecretary for human rights and head of the government commission investigating the student disappearances, identified Tenescalco as “one of the main perpetrators” of the forced disappearances of 43 students.

Tenescalco is considered a key part of the investigation into the Ayotzinapa case, which faced a crisis in recent months following the resignation of Omar Gómez Trejo, the special prosecutor for the case; the cancellation of nearly twenty arrest warrants for those allegedly involved and the questioning by a group of experts of some of the evidence that was used to put together the Encinas Commission’s latest report, tabled in August.

Following the dissemination of the Truth Commission report, former prosecutor Jesús Murillo Karam was arrested; Three soldiers and Guerrero’s former Secretary of Public Safety.

The fate of the young man is still unknown. It is believed that all were killed, but only the remains of three of them were found.

The case is emblematic of a country where nearly 110,000 have disappeared and where extremely high levels of impunity, corruption and violence still prevail.

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