Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Photo: Google


Mexico’s Interior Secretariat’s Deputy Attorney for Human Rights Alejandro Encinas said Friday, Sept. 24, that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) had sent a letter to newly instated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett formally requesting the extradition of the former head of Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Agency, Tomás Zerón de Lucio.

At a press conference, Encinas said that the letter is part of the Mexican government’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to arrange for the return of Zerón, who is accused of torture and the fabrication of evidence in the case of the disappearance of the 43 young education students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero

“A diplomatic initiative has underway so that we can count on the assistance of the state of Israel.” Encinas said.

“The president has even sent a letter, which will be released soon, requesting Bennett’s support and collaboration to expedite the extradition procedures of this person.”

Zerón took refuge in Israel, a country with which Mexico has no extradition treaty, and has requested asylum in that nation, claiming  that he is a politically persecuted person.

There are also strained diplomatic ties between Mexico and Israel due to the fact that Mexico voted in favor of the creation of a United Nations special commission to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes against Palestinians during the 11-day Guardian of the Walls operation in which Israel defended itself from thousands of rockets being sent into its territory by the terrorist group Hamas.

In May, Israel registered a formal complaint against Mexico for that vote, but AMLO, who has made no secret of his close ties with Israel’s enemies such as Iran, shrugged off the reprimand.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Jerusalem has yet to respond to Mexico’s request for the extradition of Zerón.


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