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First arrest made out of 83 warrants issued in case of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students from 2014

Ayotzinapa, Guerrero — The FGR has issued 83 arrests warrants in the murders of 43 missing students from the state of Guerrero. On the same day as the issuance, one person was arrested. A Judge of Federal Criminal Proceedings in the State of Mexico issued the 83 arrest warrants against 20 military commanders and troop personnel from the 27th and 41st battalions in the city of Iguala, as well as five administrative and judicial authorities from the state of Guerrero.

The warrants also include the arrests of 26 police from Huitzuco, six officers from Iguala, one from Cocula along with 11 state police from Guerrero and 14 members of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos.

In a statement, the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) reported that all 83 are linked to the disappearance of the 43 students that happened over a two-day period in September of 2014.

Charges for the 83 on their list range from organized crime, kidnapping, torture, homicide and crimes against the administration of justice, the FGR detailed. The students, who were all from the city of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerero, went missing on September 26 and 27, 2014.

The arrest warrants were issued on the same day that the FGR arrested the former Attorney General of the Republic, Jesús Murillo Karam for kidnapping and torture as well as crimes against the administration of justice in the Ayotzinapa case.

The arrest of Jesús Murillo Karam came one day after Alejandro Encinas, Undersecretary for Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, presented the preliminary conclusions of the investigation carried out by the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case, declaring that it was a state crime that involved federal and local authorities as well as organized crime members.

Jesús Murillo Karam is the former Attorney General of the Republic during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. He has been pointed out as being responsible for the fabrication of the so-called “Historical Truth” regarding the disappearance of the 43 students from the Isidro Burgos Rural School in Ayotzinapa.

“The diligence was carried out outside the home of Murillo Karam without any resistance once he was informed about the procedure that was being carried out,” the FGR reported. Murillo Karam has been transferred to the Men’s North Prison.