Wednesday, October 29, 2014

México: Fugitive Mayor in Iguala in Guerrero, Wife On the Run, Scandal Still Unraveling

According to Yahoo News and The Atlantic, the latter of which news first broke the case of the 43 missing students, México now faces a growing national political crisis as a result of the missing students.

A mass grave found in the country earlier this month was initially thought to contain the students' remains, but genetic testing demonstrated facts to the contrary.

Soon afterward, more bodies were unearthed in a canal outside of Mexico City. Now, another mass grave has been found in México, and this time, authorities believe they may have found the missing students' remains, though remains are still being analyzed.
When the first mass grave was found, a number of authority figures in Iguala, the town in southern México near where the students disappeared, were linked to Guerreros Unidos, a local cartel, including the security chief, mayor, and his wife.

One gang member who has been arrested has accused the mayor's wife, María de los Angeles Piñeda, of being "leader of criminal activities" in the small town.
COMMENT: What is most noteworthy is that in the process of searching for the missing 43 students, numerous mass graves of have been identified that use to belong to families that cared for and loved them.

The nagging question is: Why are there so many mass graves in a country where the senior leadership has seemingly taken a business-as-usual attitude? 

The downside in this growing scandal is that the failure of  the Presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto to know what was happening in México Iguala Mayor José Luís Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, are now fugitives from justice with their whereabouts being unknown. 

The newly found grave is in Cocula, within ten miles of where the students were last seen alive. 

A group of police officers has confessed to leaving the students with the cartel, and two of the gang members eventually led authorities to the grave site. Fifty-six suspects have been arrested thus far in connection to the case.
Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam may have put some minds at ease when he announced to reporters: "We have the people who carried out the abduction of these individuals." Mexican citizens have been protesting government corruption as authorities continue to work on the case: Demonstrators burned down Iguala's City Hall, marched through Mexico City and pushed Angel Aguirre, governor of Guerrero, to resign.
This is the 12th mass grave found in the Pueblo Viejo area of Iguala, known for its particularly high murder rate and connection to drug trafficking, according to Adam Isacson, a security policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, a nongovernmental organization. 

Isacson told FOX NEWS LATINO:  "It’s been one of those places where horrible things are going on, but you never know what it is."

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