Published by El Universal. Read the Spanish version here.

Tomás Zerón requests protection against arrest warrant for Ayotzinapa case

Diana Lastiri | June 18, 2020

The former director of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), Tomâs Zerón de Lucio, requested an injunction not to be detained for various crimes arising from the Iguala case.

Before the Eighth District Judge in matters of Amparo and Federal Trials in the State of Mexico, Zerón de Lucio seeks to prevent the arrest warrant issued against him by a federal judge in Guerrero for the crimes of forced disappearance, torture, and against the administration of justice in the case of the 43 Ayotzinapa normalistas.

The judge has not yet admitted the request for guarantees and granted the legal representative of the former official five days to provide the digital certificate of the power of attorney that Zerón granted in his favor, and to specify the address where he resides.

Failure to comply with these requirements would mean protection could be dismissed.

El Universal reported that last March Interpol issued a red card against the ex-director of the AIC and the ex-head of the Federal Ministerial Police, Carlos Gómez Arrieta.

Both have charges against them for torture and forced disappearance of some of the detainees in the case of the Ayotzinapa normalistas. The last time Zerón de Lucio was in Mexico was in October 2019 and he is now considered a fugitive from justice.