Mexico urges Israel to extradite ex-investigator in case of 43 missing students | Mexico
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has urged Israel to cooperate in the extradition of a former chief investigator wanted in the 2014 disappearance of 43 students.
Mexico demands Israel arrest Thomas Zyron, who headed the Criminal Investigation Agency Allegations of serious irregularities in the investigation into one of the country’s worst human rights tragedies.
“I hope the government of Israel will act with respect for human rights, because the extradition of this public official is required, among other things, for committing acts of torture,” Lopez Obrador told reporters.
In January, Mexico said Zyron was trying to obtain asylum in Israel, complicating extradition efforts.
Zeron is accused of kidnapping and torturing suspects, tampering with evidence and embezzling about $50 million in public funds.
Zero denies these allegations.
Israel assured Mexico that it is not The handover process was halted due to the position of the Latin American country on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict As some reports indicated, Lopez Obrador said.
The disappearance of the students shocked Mexico and sparked mass protests against the government of then-President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Zerón is one of the architects of the so-called “Historical Truth”, The official version of the case It was submitted by the Peña Nieto government in January 2015 and rejected by the victims’ families.
Students had seized five buses traveling to take part in a protest in September 2014, but they were stopped by corrupt police in the city of Iguala in the southern state of Guerrero, and handed over to a drug gang.
Prosecutors initially said the cartel mistook the students for members of a rival gang and killed them before burning their bodies in a rubbish dump and dumping the remains into a river.
However, independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights rejected the government’s conclusion, and victims’ families continued to demand answers.