Mexico’s ex-attorney general arrested over disappearance of 43 students in 2014

Mexico’s former attorney general has been arrested in relation to the disappearance of 43 students in 2014, the most prominent individual held so far in the notorious case that has haunted the country ever since.

Jesús Murillo was arrested at his home in Mexico City home on Friday on charges of forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice in the abduction and disappearance of the student-teachers in the south-western state of Guerrero, now seen as a “state-sponsored crime”.

Murillo was taken to an office of the attorney general and would be moved to a jail in Mexico City, authorities said.

Within hours of the arrest, a judge released 83 more arrest orders for soldiers, police, Guerrero officials and gang members in relation to the case, the attorney general’s office said.

During Murillo’s 2012-2015 term under then-president Enrique Peña Nieto, he oversaw the highly criticised investigation into the disappearance of the students on 26 September 2014 from the…

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