Mexican Mayor Faces Kidnapping Charges

Mexican Mayor Faces Kidnapping ChargesMexican Mayor Faces Kidnapping Charges

The former mayor of the southwestern city of Iguala has been charged with last year’s kidnapping of 43 students who are feared to have been killed, a top security official said.

Tomas Zeron, director of criminal investigations at the federal Attorney General’s office, said that prosecutors had obtained an arrest warrant for former mayor Jose Luis Abarca and 44 others on charges of kidnapping the 43 students. President Enrique Pena Nieto is facing his deepest crisis over the government’s handling of the investigation, Reuters reported.

Zeron did not specify when the warrant was obtained, but it appeared to be the first charges filed against Abarca that are directly related to the students’ disappearance even though authorities have said the mayor and his wife were the masterminds of the kidnappings since October.

The students were allegedly abducted by police working with a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala on the night of September 26.

The federal courts authority said a judge had ruled Abarca’s wife will stand trial for links to organized crime. Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda were captured by federal police in Mexico City in November. Abarca was already facing charges of links to organized crime as well as kidnapping and murder charges related to other cases besides the students.