Ayotzinapa Case/Anthony Blinken VisitBy Karin Dilge | Wed, 08/24/2022 - 11:48
Ayotzinapa Case. President López Obrador has repeatedly asked the government of Israel to extradite Tomás Zerón, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, accused of torture and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 in Ayotzinapa. In addition, he is accused of embezzling state funds. Zerón has denied the allegations and applied for asylum in Israel. Since Sept. 2020, Mexico filed a request to start Zerón´s extradition process. The Israeli government has not responded to this petition.
Moreover, today will continue the hearing in which it will be determined if Jesús Murillo Karam, former Federal Attorney General, will be processed or not. Murillo Karam is accused of torture, forced disappearance and obstruction of justice in the Ayotzinapa Case. The President said that the former Attorney General can request for criteria of opportunity granted by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and reveal who gave him the order to invent the so-called “historical truth.”
In 2014, during president Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, 43 students disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero and the government reported they were murdered by the United Warriors Cartel in Cocula. According to the past administration, it was the Iguala police who handed over the students to the criminal group. Nevertheless, since the reopening of the case, new findings incriminating Enrique Peña Nieto’s government are popping up.
Anthony Blinken Visit. President López Obrado said he welcomes Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State to Mexico in September. He did not discard the possibility that issues such as the consultations regarding the country’s latest energy reforms could be discussed.
The request concerns a revision mechanism established in the USMCA treaty. This occurs when a country announces that one of the clauses of the agreement is not being complied with, it can then ask for clarification. Moreover, Mexico´s president has previously expressed his will to reach a solution.
Carlos Joaquín González. President López Obrador confirmed that Carlos Joaquín González, Governor of Quintana Roo will collaborate with his government when his term as governor terminates. Nonetheless, he did not give details about the position he would be occupying.
In Nov 2021 the president recognized the Governor´s satisfactory record publicly for the first time and anticipated that he would talk to him to convince him to keep helping in the federal government.
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