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Former Mexican Federal Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam was arrested on Friday, Aug. 19, and subsequently interned in the North Prison for his alleged involvement in the Ayotzinapa case, the as-yet unsolved disappearance of 43 education school students in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014.

Murillo Karam arrived Saturday, Aug. 20, at the North Prison in a government truck guarded by elements of the Secretary of the Navy.

In accordance with a long-awaited government analysis released by the Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) administration on Thursday, Aug. 18, of the students’ disappearance, which occurred under former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto,  due to his position at the time, “had Murillo Karam intervened (in the adduction of the students), their repression and murder would have been avoided.”

In January 2015, a previous investigation, carried out during the administration of Peña Nieto and headed by Murillo Karam, stated that the 43 students from Ayotzinapa “were deprived of their lives, cremated and their ashes thrown into the San Juan River.”

“This is the historical truth of the facts, based on the evidence provided by science, as shown in the file, and that has allowed criminal action to be taken against the 99 people involved, who have been since been detained,” that investigation concluded.

The new investigation reputes many of the facts in the original police analysis, which now cites Murillo Karam as an accomplice.

The FGR stated that it had also issued arrest warrants for more than 80 other people allegedly involved in the disappearances.

Notwithstanding, the trial of Murillo Karam could have serious consequences for the AMLO administration and for the president’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party’s top contender for the 2024 presidential elections, Mexico City Governor Claudia Sheinbaum, given that her top cop, Omar García Harfuch, was apparently involved in the 2015 investigation.


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