It’s been more than two years since the 26 September 2014 abduction and disappearance of 43 students of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico [previously], and finally a major suspect has en arrested.
He’s the man who served as police chief in the town of Iguala where the abductions took place, and he’s the brother-in-law of the Iguala mayor, the man suspected of ordering the mass kidnapping of the still missing students.
From the Associated Press:
The former police chief of Iguala, Mexico, where 43 students went missing in 2014, was arrested Friday after two years at large in a development that Mexican authorities and relatives of the disappeared hope could shed new light on the case.
The National Security Commission announced that federal agents apprehended 58-year-old Felipe Flores in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, in a raid in which no shots were fired.
Flores was arrested at 6:30 a.m. leaving a house where he had visited his wife, Commissioner Renato Sales said. He said Flores had not always been in Iguala, but did not elaborate on the former police chief’s movements. He said Flores was unarmed.
Flores is accused of offenses including organized crime and kidnapping the students. He is alleged to have followed the then-mayor’s order to attack the students and then tried to cover up the role of Iguala police in the disappearances.
The ex-chief is a cousin of the ex-mayor, José Luis Abarca, believed to have been the mastermind behind the affair. He and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, are now in jail awaiting trial.
Two city transit officials have declared that Flores ordered the arrest of students who had traveled to the city by bus from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college and that they be turned over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang.
The gang’s former leader, Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado has given evidence that Flores was involved in criminal activities with the ex-mayor and his wife.
The official theory has been that Abarca ordered that police “contain” the busloads of students. They did so by opening fire on them, killing six people, some of whom were innocent bystanders.