Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Alleged butcher of Iguala faces more murder charges
Former Iguala, Guerrero mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, remain in federal pretrial detention while Mexico's Organized Crime Strike Force investigates their role in the kidnapping and presumed execution of 43 college students who vanished there Sept. 26.
Mexico's attorney general claims they are responsible for the mass murder, as well as the shooting deaths of six other persons the same evening.
The couple was captured in Mexico City Nov. 4, hiding in a dilapidated residence which belonged to a friend of their adult daughter.
In the meantime Abarca and Pineda Villa will likely face murder and kidnapping charges in at least 11 other cases dating to June 2013, Guerrero state authorities report.
In some of the cases the victims were fellow members of Mexico's left wing Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). Abarca was the PRD mayor of Iguala until he and his wife fled the area six weeks ago. Local PRD delegates stripped him of his party credentials soon after.
Investigators claim that Abarca personally killed at least one victim. Organized crime activities and the protection of narcotics trafficking operations were the motive, they allege. Most of Pineda Villa's family are drug cartel operatives affiliated with Guerreros Unidos, according to the state prosecutor. Iguala student protesters were killed by cartel executioners, aided by corrupt police.
Nov. 16 - Democratic Revolution Party has "lost its moral authority" after Iguala disaster
Nov. 7 - All hope fades for families of 43 missing students, as A.G. delivers devastating news
Nov. 6 - "Imperial couple" of Iguala gets improved quarters in tough Mexican prison
Nov. 4 - Former Iguala mayor and wife arrested in Mexico City
Oct. 23 - "Mary of the Angels" and her husband were "brains" behind Iguala executions, kidnappings
Oct. 20 - Mexican priest: 43 college students were "burned alive"
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