Asia Asset Freezes Imposed on Ex-Mayor of Mexico’s Iguala Over Student Disappearances

Asset Freezes Imposed on Ex-Mayor of Mexico’s Iguala Over Student Disappearances

mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria
Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria

Mexico’s Attorney General’s office has frozen the assets of former mayor of Iguala Jose Abarca and his wife who have been detained on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of 43 students in the city earlier this year, Mexico’s national El Universal newspaper reports.

The authorities are now looking for additional assets that might belong to Abarca and his spouse or their accomplices, the newspaper reported Tuesday.
Last week, Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said in an interview with Televisa, Mexico’s top broadcaster, that he had no doubts that the missing students had been killed.
On December 7, Karam confirmed that a burnt bone fragment had been found at a garbage dump in Cocula, a town in Mexico’s Guerrero state, which contained the DNA of one of the missing students, Alexander Mora Venancio.
A second discovery of charred human remains was reported to have been made on December 13 in the Cocula area.
On September 26, a group of policemen, accompanied by armed gang members from local drug cartels, abducted students protesting against discriminatory hiring and funding practices in Iguala, Guerrero state. Six people died in the initial conflict and 43 students went missing.
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