There are not 20 but 14 soldiers detained for the Ayotzinapa case

Monday 25 September, 2023
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México._ Contrary to what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said, there are only 14 and not 20 soldiers detained in relation to the case of the disappearance of the 43 young people from Ayotzinapa.

Furthermore, one of these 14 soldiers remains under house arrest since August of this year.

Over the course of the week, the president insisted during his morning conferences – and public media have replicated it – that there are twenty soldiers who were detained and two generals, who are awaiting trial for their probable responsibility in the case. .

He gave different numerals that generated confusion.

For example, he first mentioned “there are two generals imprisoned, 20 Army officers or soldiers, a prosecutor and about 120 detainees,” on September 20.

A day later, he changed the figure: “There are already about 15, 20 soldiers imprisoned, two generals, so let them be tried and it should be proven that they were responsible, they are already in jail, they had not done that before.”

However, its fifth government report and the illustrations shared by the Government of México detail that there are 14 soldiers, and of these two are generals, the rest belong to different ranks.

Here You can see the numbers they have shared:

On page 128 of the fifth Government report, the arrest between September 2022 and June 2023 of 28 people allegedly involved in the disappearance of the 43 young people is highlighted. Of these, it is detailed that two are generals and 12 are soldiers of different ranks, all belonging to the 27th and 41st infantry battalions.

The president also denied during two morning conferences that the army hid information from the families of the 43 missing young people in relation to the case.

“We have been providing all the information, the Secretary of Defense has provided all the information, but the parents insist that information is missing. So we are collecting, not information, but to see, what they ask of us, what has been delivered and what is missing, and if it exists, so as not to continue deepening differences,” said López Obrador during The conference on Thursday, September 21.

But the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) and the families of the 43 young people publicly denounced that the Army refuses to hand over information about the case intercepted by the Sedena to a criminal group, despite the President’s orders for transparency as commander. supreme of the armed forces.

As we tell you in this notein July 2023 it was reported that the two GIEI experts, Carlos Beristain and Ángela Buitrago, would not renew their stay in México due to “various disagreements” with the Sedena, among which are the concealment of a series of documents in the that conversations intercepted from the criminal group that attacked the normalista students were recorded.

“The opening of files ordered by the President of México provided a lot of relevant information for clarification, but at a crucial moment, the denial again of another part of the existing documentation by the Sedena has posed a new obstacle,” said the GIEI team in México.

They also denounced that “the evidence that there is numerous documentation that has not been provided until now is overwhelming.”

On September 20, in the meeting with President López Obrador, according to the story of the Tlachinollan organization relatives of the 43 insisted on claiming that not all the information has been provided and that the President supports the military more.

“The mothers and fathers insisted to the President of the Republic that the army has important hidden information about the students. ‘You are on the side of the army, but you should be on the side of the victims,’ they told him. The tension grew at the moment when the President defended the military, the families simply could not believe it. Even when they told him ‘we have hope in you, President’, his position was loyal to the army,” says the Tlachinollan organization.

On the other hand, the President assured that there will be no obstacles and that no one will be protected.

Military detention chronology

This is the chronology of the arrests of soldiers allegedly involved in the Ayotzinapa case.

There are still 6 soldiers who have an arrest warrant, but they have not been arrested:

November 11, 2020. The first soldier is arrested in the Ayotzinapa case. Captain José Martínez Crespo, one of the commanders of the 27th Infantry Battalion, accused of organized crime for alleged links with the United Warriors.

January 18, 2021. Luis Crescencio Sandoval, head of the Secretariat of National Defense, advocates in a letter to the President of México for the innocence of Captain José Martínez Crespo.

– August 12, 2022. President López Obrador sends a letter to the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, to “proceed immediately” against five soldiers: José Martínez Crespo —then already detained—, José Rodríguez Pérez, Francisco Macías Barbosa, Fabian Alejandro Pirita Ochoa and Eduardo Mota Esquivel.

– September 21, 2022. Three other military commanders are arrested: General José Rodríguez Pérez, former commander of the 27th Infantry Battalion accused of ordering the killing and disappearance of six of the 43 normalistas, Second Lieutenant Fabián Alejandro Pirota Ochoa and Sergeant Eduardo Mota Esquivel , for the crime of forced disappearance. This new accusation is added to Captain José Martínez Crespo.

– September 25, 2022. The Attorney General’s Office of the Republic, headed by Alejandro Gertz Manero, canceled arrest warrants against 16 military personnel and five other public servants involved. Among the canceled orders was that of Colonel Rafael Hernández Nieto, commander of the 41st Infantry Battalion.

– September 26, 2022. After cancellation of the orders, Omar Gómez Trejo accused the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and left his position as head of the Special Investigation and Litigation Unit for the Ayotzinapa Case (UEILCA).

November 8, 2022. The four military commanders who remain detained in a military camp denounce the fabrication of evidence and ask for the departure of the Undersecretary of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas.

– May 26, 2023. López Obrador sends a letter to the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, to request support with the arrest warrants against 16 soldiers that Rosendo Gómez Piedra, Trejo’s substitute, wants to activate in the Ayotzinapa Unit .

June 20, 2023. 16 arrest warrants are issued against soldiers from the 27th and 41st Infantry Battalion of Iguala.

June 21, 2023. Eight soldiers assigned to the 27th Infantry Battalion of Iguala are detained.

July 9, 2023. General Rafael Hernández Nieto is arrested.

July 13, 2023. Former military man Francisco Narváez Pérez is arrested.

August 23, 2023. General Rafael Hernández Nieto is placed under house arrest; organizations reported bias in favor of the army.

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Source: from Noroeste Nacional on 2023-09-24 16:19:57

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