The Mexican government announced this Friday that it will file a criminal complaint against the judge who this week acquitted 24 municipal police officers accused of attempted murder in the Ayotzinapa case. It was confirmed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador himself, who thus once again increases the pressure on the judiciary after days of criticism of the actions of the judges in the emblematic case. The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has undertaken an in-depth review of the disappearance of the 43 students eight years ago, one of the events with the most political, social and emotional impact in recent Mexico and that today continues without a clear answer . Before the release of the policemen, the Government has decided to file a criminal complaint and a complaint before the Federal Judiciary Council.
“Recurringly, this judge argues procedural, procedural, due process issues that in our opinion have been a due pretext for not doing justice to the victims of the Ayotzinapa events, so we will proceed accordingly,” added the undersecretary. of Public Security, Ricardo Mejía. The court, based in Tamaulipas, acquitted the 24 police officers from Iguala and Cocula of the attempted murder of normalista Aldo Gutiérrez, who was shot during the attack, allegedly at the hands of the agents. Gutiérrez was left in a coma and has not woken up again.
The accusation against the policemen was carried out by the old Attorney General’s Office (PGR), whose head, Jesús Murillo Karam, is imprisoned for the crimes of forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice. The lawyers of the families of the 43 study how many of the 24 face other processes and how many could be released from prison.
The president of the Supreme Court and the Judiciary, Arturo Zaldivar, came out in defense of the judge in the face of government criticism. López Obrador responded this Friday to the head of the magistrates: “I do not agree with him, I respect him a lot, but it is the same refrain as always: that it is not the fault of the judges but of the Public Ministry that does not integrate the investigation well. It’s both their fault.” “That they couldn’t do a minimal review and return the file and tell the MP to reinstate the procedure. How if there is torture is not investigated and the torturers are not denounced “.
Last week, the same Tamaulipas court acquitted José Luis Abarca, mayor of Iguala at the time, of kidnapping. The old PGR accused him of the kidnapping of the 43. The presidential commission investigating the case, led by Undersecretary Encinas, points to Abarca as one of those most responsible for the attack on the students. Imprisoned since 2015, Abarca will not be released from prison. The former mayor faces other processes for murder and organized crime.
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