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The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) of Mexico reported this Thursday that it extradited to the United States an alleged leader of the Guerreros Unidos criminal group, whom Mexican media identified as Adán Casarrubias Salgado, involved in the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa in 2014.
The subject was handed over for his probable responsibility in the crimes of criminal association, against health and money laundering, the FGR said in a statement.
The extradition of Casarrubias Salgado occurs on the same day that marks the 92nd anniversary of the disappearance of the students, which is why this Thursday in Mexico City relatives of the students marched, like on the 26th of each month, through the streets of the capital to demand the reappearance alive of their loved ones and to demand that the authorities make progress in the investigation.
The relatives recalled that the recent report, from the IACHR Group of Experts on March 29, revealed a greater involvement of the Mexican Armed Forces in the investigation, as well as a “total simulation” in the first official version of the case.
The institution stated that, in compliance with the Extradition Treaty signed between Mexico and the United States, “it extradited to the Government of that country a man of Mexican nationality required by the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.”
The report warned that the investigation carried out by the US authorities pointed to Adán “C”, identified as Adán Casarrubias Salgado, as one of the leaders of a drug trafficking organization, which between 2012 and 2014 was responsible for introducing large quantities of heroin from Mexico to the United States.
The FGR reported that the individual was handed over at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) to the designated US agents for his transfer to that country.
On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ School were detained and disappeared on their way to Mexico City to participate in an October 2 demonstration.
According to the controversial version of the Government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), the so-called “historical truth”, the students were handed over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, which murdered and incinerated them in the Cocula dump and dumped the remains in the San Juan River. Juan.
This version was always questioned by the relatives of the victims and by the GIEI, which in previous reports already pointed out that the bodies could not be burned in the dump.
The Government of López Obrador reopened the case at the end of 2018 and definitively collapsed this official version by identifying the unburned remains of two of the students, Christian Rodríguez in 2020, and Jhosivani Guerrero, last June, both in the Barranca de la Carnicería out of the dump.
These two identifications were added to that of Alexander Mora, whose remains were found in the river in 2014.
Past reports from the GIEI and other institutions, as well as some witnesses, had already pointed out the involvement of the Armed Forces in the case, but the new report revealed more links to the event.
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