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They notify the Sedena of arrest warrants against 20 soldiers

▲ Protest at a booth on Autopista del Sol last February.Darkroom Photo

Edward Murillo

Newspaper La Jornada
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, p. 3

The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) officially notified the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) that arrest warrants have been issued against 20 of its elements, including a division general, for their possible participation in the case. Ayotzinapa.

These are soldiers belonging to the 27th and 41st infantry battalions, located in Iguala and Teloloapan, Guerrero, respectively.

The Sedena must inform if the wanted soldiers still belong to the Army and, if so, present them before the civil authorities.

The second judge of federal criminal proceedings, based in Toluca, state of Mexico, authorized 83 arrest warrants against officials of the three levels of government that intervened in the investigation of the events, including the 20 soldiers.

On the list, the highest ranking is General Alejandro Saavedra Hernández, who was in 2014 commander of the 35th Military Zone, based in Chilpancingo.

According to the report of the Truth Commission, the military chief was aware of the events of the night of September 26 to 27, 2014, as they were captured by the C4 cameras, to which he had direct access.

Months later, Saavedra Hernández was promoted to Division General and successively held the positions of Commander of the Ninth Military Region, Inspector and Comptroller General of the Army and Air Force, and Chief of the National Defense Staff, on November 30, 2017. Finally, he was director of the Social Security Institute for the Armed Forces until March 2, 2021.

Other soldiers possibly involved are Colonel José Rodríguez Pérez, commander in 2014 of the 27th Infantry Battalion, based in Iguala, and infantry lieutenant Francisco Macías Barbosa, the immediate superior of soldier Julio César López Patolzin, who was ordered to infiltrate among the normalistas and who disappeared along with them.

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