Mexico arrests “intellectual author” of lost students case

Mexican authorities announce detention of Gildardo Lopez, supposed mastermind of Guerreros Unidos gang which involved in 43 lost students case

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

National Security Commissioner Renato Sales addresses the media in Mexico City, September 17, 2015.

Mexico police arrested on Wednesday a suspected high rank member of the drug cartel Guerreros Unidos that is believed to be involved in the case of 43 missing college students last year, National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said in a press conference on Thursday.

Gildardo Lopez, alias "El Gil" is claimed by the prosecutors to give the order to incinerate the students. He was arrested in Taxco, a city in southern Guerrero state where the students went missing and is suspected of involvement in drug distribution, exaction and organized crime.

After the loss of 43 students last year on the evening of 26-27 September, the government had said that the students were confused with rivals, when a rebel drug cartel and corrupt policemen, who work cooperatively, shot at their buses. The police handed them to the gang "Guerreros Unidos [United Warriors]" and the gang incinerated the students in a local dump.

However, the families of the students never accepted the governmental explanations.

Recently the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has released an alternative report rejecting the huge cremation.

Earlier this week, Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez had said that forensic experts from Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University identified another student from the remains found in the river.

This was the identification of second student since the huge disappearance, which is approached with suspicion by the families due to its lack of certainty and the origin of the samples.

The mystery upon the loss of 43 college students with an involvement of corrupt police and drug cartel in the rural continues to create headache for the President Enrique Pena Nieto. He was elected in 2012 with his promise to eradicate drug related violence.

Families of the students and international experts with the IACHR will meet the president on September 24.

TRTWorld and agencies