Tomas Zeron, who beforehand led Mexico’s Legal Investigation Company, has reportedly been in Israel for about two years.
Family members of the 43 Mexican college students who disappeared in 2014 have protested exterior Israel’s embassy to demand the extradition of a former prime investigator needed in reference to the case.
Tons of gathered exterior the embassy in Mexico Metropolis on Wednesday with no seen police presence as some carried photos of the lacking college students whereas others sprayed graffiti on the embassy partitions.
Tomas Zeron, who beforehand led Mexico’s Legal Investigation Company, was accused of manipulating the probe into one of many nation’s worst human rights tragedies. He has reportedly been in Israel for about two years.
Zeron is among the architects of “historic reality” – the official model of the case offered in 2015 that was rejected by the victims’ kinfolk and unbiased specialists.
“Israel is defending Tomas Zeron, a human rights violator who tortured these he detained on the time to construct the ‘historic reality,’” mentioned Meliton Ortega, a consultant of the scholars’ households.
However Israeli ambassador to Mexico Zvi Tal criticised the demonstrators’ actions.
“It’s clear to us that the violence displayed in the course of the demonstration, the place they left the partitions of our headquarters painted with offensive graffiti – right here is written ‘Dying to Israel’ – has no relation to the Ayotzinapa case,” he mentioned in a video deal with in entrance of the embassy.
“Israel as a state of regulation should implement its worldwide authorized obligations whereas analyzing the request from Mexico, even when it’s a request associated to an open wound in Mexican public opinion,” he mentioned.
Mexico has repeatedly requested Israel at hand over Zeron, who’s accused of kidnapping, torturing suspects and manipulating proof – allegations he has denied.
What occurred to them?
The 43 instructing college students had commandeered buses within the southern state of Guerrero to journey to an illustration in Mexico Metropolis earlier than they went lacking.
Investigators say they had been detained by corrupt police and handed over to a drug cartel that mistook them for members of a rival gang, however precisely what occurred to them is disputed. Thus far, the stays of solely three victims have been recognized.
Final month, a reality fee tasked by the present authorities to analyze the atrocity branded the case a “state crime” involving brokers of assorted establishments.
It mentioned navy personnel bore “clear accountability” both straight or by negligence.
Prosecutors introduced final month that arrest warrants had been issued for greater than 80 suspects, together with 20 navy personnel, 44 cops and 14 cartel members.
The identical day, former lawyer normal Jesus Murillo Karam, who led the controversial “historic reality” investigation, was detained on expenses of compelled disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice.
Final week, the federal government mentioned a military normal and two different navy personnel had additionally been arrested.