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Criminal complaint against the judge who acquitted 120 in the Ayotzinapa case

Emir Olivares and Alonso Urrutia

Newspaper La Jornada
Friday, September 23, 2022, p. 4

Federal authorities will criminally denounce Judge Samuel Ventura Ramos for issuing acquittal sentences to 120 people linked to crimes to the detriment of Ayotzinapa normalistas, committed in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26 and 27, 2014.

This judge repeatedly argues issues of due process (to acquit), which in our opinion have not been due process, but due pretext for not doing justice to the victims of the eventsemphasized yesterday the Undersecretary of Public Security, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, during the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

He indicated that the authorities will also file a complaint with the Federal Judiciary Council (CJF) against Ventura Ramos, who is head of the first district court for federal criminal proceedings based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

On September 20, this togado issued an acquittal in favor of 24 more defendants in the Iguala case, bringing the total to 120 similar sentences. Among the characters he has left without responsibility for the disappearance of the 43 normalistas is the former mayor of Iguala, José Luis Abarca.

Mejía Berdeja explained that the 24 named were sentenced to acquittal for aggravated homicide for their alleged responsibility in the crime of attempted homicide against Aldo Gutiérrez, a student from the Ayotzinapa normal school who is in a vegetative state due to the injuries he sustained. suffered on the day of the events.

He clarified that the 24 recently acquitted will not obtain their freedom, since they are also apprehended for other criminal cases linked to the Ayotzinapa case, such as organized crime and forced disappearance, which are in the process of being resolved.

“It is not the first time that this judge has acquitted. In recent days he did the same with Abarca for the crime of kidnapping, but he is still in prison for other crimes. In total there are 120 acquittal freedoms by this judge in favor of the accused (…) We will proceed accordingly ”so that he is investigated for his actions.

For his part, Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged that clarifying the Ayotzinapa case has cost his administration a lot of work and is one of the two commitments, out of 100, that he has not been able to fulfill.

We still haven’t finished clarifying the Ayotzinapa issue, and progress is being made against all odds. We have just seen the attitude of a judge and other actions so that the truth is not known.

The President pointed out that the case is divided into two aspects: “First, the horrendous crime that is being committed and involving the police and local and state authorities, as well as elements of the Army, according to the report of the commission (presidential to clarify the facts), the arrest and disappearance of young people, days of terror. And then comes another moment, when they decide to cover up and falsify the facts, what they have called ‘historical truth’, and that is a period of torture, of disappearing evidence, of complicity”.

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