Mexico arrests ex-police chief in 43 students case

Felipe Flores was detained at 7:00 am in Iguala in an operation


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Felipe Flores. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY: Mexican federal forces arrested on Friday the fugitive former police chief of the city where 43 students disappeared in 2014 after they were rounded up by local officers.

Felipe Flores was detained at 7:00 am in Iguala in an operation involving federal police, the military and the attorney general's office, the National Security Commission said on its Twitter account, without providing more details.

Flores was Iguala's police chief when officers attacked dozens of students in the town on September 26, 2014, after the young men stole buses for a protest in Mexico City - a common practice among the trainee teachers in Guerrero state.

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His arrest may offer new clues about the fate of the students in a case that has bedeviled President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration for more than two years.

Prosecutors have said that the police officers took 43 students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel, which killed them, incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump and tossed the remains in a river.

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But the government's conclusions were rejected by independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who said there was no scientific proof that the students were burned at the dump.

The attorney general's office has since agreed to look at other lines of investigation and conduct new searches.

More than 130 people have been arrested, including Iguala's former mayor, his wife, several police officers and alleged members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.

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