Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Iguala chief arrested two years after fleeing

The arrest this morning of the former police chief of Iguala is expected to shed more light on what exactly happened in the Guerrero city on the night of September 26, 2014, when six people died and 43 students disappeared.

Felipe Flores Velázquez was detained in Iguala at 7:00am, the National Security Commission said.

Attorney General Arely Gómez said the arrest should allow authorities to obtain information that will help solve a case that has dragged on for two years and been dogged by charges of sloppy investigative work and reaching faulty conclusions.

The ex-chief is a cousin of the ex-mayor, José Luis Abarca, believed to have been the mastermind behind the affair. He and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, are now in jail awaiting trial.

Two city transit officials have declared that Flores ordered the arrest of students who had traveled to the city by bus from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college and that they be turned over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang.

The gang’s former leader, Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado has given evidence that Flores was involved in criminal activities with the ex-mayor and his wife.

The official theory has been that Abarca ordered that police “contain” the busloads of students. They did so by opening fire on them, killing six people, some of whom were innocent bystanders.

Forty-three were rounded up and allegedly turned over to gang members, some of whom have testified they thought the students were members of a rival gang.

They were killed and their bodies burned at the Cocula garbage dump, according to investigators’ official findings, which have been challenged on several counts. One is that a fire necessary to burn the bodies could not have occurred at the dump, but not all experts consulted in the case are in agreement.

Flores Velázaquez has already appeared once before state prosecution officials. On the morning after the violence in Iguala, he turned in the police officers’ firearms and patrol vehicles and the officers themselves to aid in the investigation, and then vanished.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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