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AMLO requests extradition of former AIC head on 7-year anniversary of 43 missing students

Mexico City, Mexico — Sunday marked the seventh year of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. On September 21, case prosecutor Omar Gómez Trejo, revealed that a line of investigation into the disappearance of the 43 indicates that the students were cremated in various places.

Relatives claim a lack of progress by the Attorney General’s Office in the investigations into their disappearance after a meeting headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the National Palace.

In a conference, the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas, announced that President López Obrador has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, to request the extradition of Tomás Zerón.

“On the instructions of the President of the Republic, a diplomatic initiative has been carried out so that we can find assistance from the State of Israel,” Encinas said.

“The president says that personally, he is making the arrangements. He is establishing communication with the Israeli prime minister to ask him for assistance with Tomás Zerón, who has committed serious violations in Mexico,” claimed the lawyer.

In the middle of 2020, Tomás Zerón, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), fled to Israel despite having a red Interpol flag. According to Alejandro Encinas, Tomás Zerón was in charge of the investigations into the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa. He is accused of manipulating those investigations.

On April 23 of this year, the FGR issued a new arrest warrant against the former head of the AIC for the probable crimes of forced disappearance of persons, torture and a coalition of public servants.

This arrest warrant will be added to the one already in Israel with a red Interpol flag, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.

On September 26 and 27 of 2014, 43 students from the Isidro Burgos Rural School in Ayotzinapa disappeared. Little progress has been made in the way of clarification in what transpired during those two days.