National: Army Officer Connected to Ayotzinapa Case Arrested

@ Infobae

On November 13th, officials from the Attorney General’s Office, military sources, and the Security Cabinet confirmed the arrest of Jose Martinez Crespo, the first army officer allegedly linked to the Ayotzinapa case. Unofficially, the crimes he is charged with are organized crime, homicide and forced disappearance, according to data from Proceso magazine.

“Captain Crespo” was allegedly identified by Sidronio Casarrubias, leader of the Guerreros Unidos criminal group, who linked the officer with this organization.

Martinez Crespo is one of the three soldiers named by the mothers and fathers of the 43 Ayotzinapa normalistas for having been active in the place and at the time of their disappearance. Furthermore, according to sources, Martinez Crespo “was in charge of the group of soldiers who, during the events that occurred in Iguala, in September 2014, gathered information on what happened with the students of the Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School in Ayotzinapa.”

After his arrest, he was transferred to Military Camp 1-A prison to be placed at the disposal of a federal judge based in Iguala. Given this, it should be remembered that President Lopez Obrador announced that the military implicated in the case of the 43 student teachers will be detained, stating that there were already arrest warrants against some. “Arrest warrants have been issued against the military that will be executed. There will be zero impunities, whoever has participated and is shown to be is going to be put on trial”, the president said.

Martinez Crespo’s trial will be carried out by military authorities. “However, since they are human rights violations, civil justice could take on the case”, Infobae mentioned.

“This arrest is part of the results of the new lines of investigation opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Iguala Case, in which allegedly criminal proceedings would be initiated against at least three soldiers who would be related to the Guerreros Unidos Cartel, an organization identified as the one responsible for the disappearance of the 43 students”La Jornada reported.

For more information in Spanish:

Detienen al “Capitán Crespo”, militar clave en el caso Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 12 noviembre de 2020)

Detienen a militar, presunto involucrado en caso Ayotzinapa (El Universal,  13 noviembre de 2020)

Capitán Crespo: el primer militar detenido por el caso Ayotzinapa (Infobae, 13 de noviembre de 2020)

Detienen a militar implicado en desaparición de normalistas de Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 12 de noviembre de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/Guerrero: Sixth Anniversary of Disappearance of Ayotzinapa Students (September 30, 2020)

Guerrero/National: Parents Ayotzinapa 43 Meet AMLO (August 16, 2020)


Nacional/Guerrero: Remains of Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre of the Missing Ayotzinapa 43 Identified (July 8, 2020)

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