Police Nab New Suspect in Case of Missing Mexican Students


Espa帽olMexican police have arrested another suspected believed to be responsible for the forced disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala last September, the National Security Commission said on Sunday.

The parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students continue to demand justice from the Mexican government.
The parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students continue to demand justice from the Mexican government. (Otra Pol铆tica)

On Saturday, April 11, authorities arrested Miguel 脕ngel Landa Bahena, who previous suspects have identified as a member of the “inner circle” of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang. The suspected leader of the group, Gilardo L贸pez Astudillo, remains at large.

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Police say Landa Bahena was carrying a gun聽when he was arrested in Mexico City, and have turned him over to federal prosecutors.

Authorities have arrested at least 105聽suspects in the case of the missing Ayotizinapa students, including the mayor and first lady of Iguala, public officials, police officers, and members of聽Guerreros Unidos.聽

Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office announced they had concluded that Iguala municipal police officers turned the kidnapped students over to members of the Guerreros Unidos, who then murdered and incinerated the young men.

Three suspects in the case 鈥斅燩atricio Reyes, Jhonatan Osorio, and Agustin Garcia 鈥斅燾onfessed to having killed the students and burned their bodies.

Parents of the missing students, however, have聽questioned the official explanation and聽continue to demand an independent investigation. According to a report from the Mexican magazine Proceso, federal police forces were also involved the forced disappearance of the students.

On Saturday,聽April 11, the聽Tlachinollan聽Human Rights聽Center聽reported a group of parents聽traveled to Canada to put pressure on Mexican diplomatic authorities to solve the case.

Sources: Excelsior, El Universal, Fox News.

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