Monday, November 17, 2014

México: Corrupt Iguala Mayor, Wife in Guerrero To Be Tried in Disappearance of 43 Students

According to The Latin American Tribune, former Iguala Mayor José Luís Abarca Velazquez, and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda Villa, both of whom were  linked to the disappearance of 43 education students in September 2014, will remain in custody and face a criminal trial, Mexican judicial officials said.

A federal criminal court in Toluca, a city in México state, will try Abarca on organized crime, kidnapping and murder charges, the Federal Judiciary Council said.

The court issued the order as part of proceedings initiated by a court in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Abarca is being held at the Altiplano federal penitentiary in México state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

Abarca served as mayor of Iguala, a city in the southern state of Guerrero.

The politician and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda Villa, were arrested by the Federal Police on November 4, in Mexico City.

Pineda is being held in preventive detention so prosecutors can gather more evidence in the case.

COMMENT: The couple became fugitives on September 30, four days after Iguala municipal police officers opened fire on students from a rural teachers college.

Six people were intentionally killed, 25 were wounded and 43 students disappeared in the incident.

The 43 students, most of them between the ages of 18-21, were detained by police and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel, who burned and killed them, many of whom were still unconscious to eliminate all traces of the victims, officials said, citing statements by suspects in the case.

The students’ disappearance has sparked protests across México.

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