Tomás Zerón, wanted in connection with disappearance of 43 normalistas, found in Israel

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Tomás Zerón, wanted in connection with disappearance of 43 normalistas, found in Israel


September 14, 2020

MEXICO CITY (apro) .- Tomás Zerón de Lucio, the former director of the Criminal Investigation Agency, was located in Israel and the Mexican government hopes to be able to execute the arrest warrant that weighs on him, accused of crimes related to the disappearance of the 43 normalistas of Aytozinapa, in September 2014.

Although until recently it was assumed that he was in Canada, the Mexican government has new information about the presence of the former police official in that eastern country, where his location and capture are already being managed, although suggesting that, for his part, he could be requesting asylum as a politically persecuted person.

“There is already notice to the government of Israel that there is an arrest warrant issued against this man and that he should not be considered a politically persecuted person, because he participated in very unfortunate events. The government of Israel could not, in a respectful way, give protection to a person with these characteristics, it would not be fair or humane, "he said.

At the end of June, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic ( FGR ) announced that there was an arrest warrant against Tomás Zerón, the police command of the agency itself, but from the last six-year term, who by then had fled the country. In July, it was reported that he was in Canada and steps were already underway to secure his capture and extradition.

The arrest warrant was obtained by the FGR for the crimes of torture, forced disappearance, alteration of evidence, among other charges related to the case of the disappearance of the students of the rural normal "Raúl Isidro Burgos", during events that occurred between the night of September 26 and early morning of September 27, 2014, an incident that provoked outrage inside and outside the country, for which the last administration faced intense protests.

The construction of a file known as the “historical truth” was widely contested by human rights organizations, among them the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

With the start of the López Obrador government, the case was reopened and this morning, the president stated that "the historical truth" is already ruled out and there are important advances in the investigations.

Given the new location and status of the case, President López Obrador closed his references in this regard, warning that he will not allow impunity in the case:  "Regardless of who it is, and wherever you go to seek refuge, we are not going to give in on the matter, "he said.