The government of Mexico reported this Wednesday that, after the first investigations by the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), a eight alleged perpetrators of the fire that caused 40 deaths in an immigration detention center in Ciudad Juárez.
“At the moment, eight people probably responsible for the events have been initially identified,” the head of the Undersecretary for Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) told a press conference. Rosa Icela Rodriguez.
Among those targeted are two federal agents and a state immigration agent, as well as five private security company agents. All have already been summoned to provide the relevant statements.
Likewise, the official stressed that the Mexican government “disapproves of the poor performance of public employees who they have not adhered to the protocols for the protection of life and civil defence”.
Meanwhile, he said all those who may be involved in the tragedy “will be summoned to make a statement, whether they are civil servants or not,” including the director of Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM), Francis Garduno.
“In no way will the facts be hidden, nor will anyone be protected. In this government, human rights abuses and violations are punished,” she said.
Instead, he explained that the National Institute for Migration will take care of the return of the bodies, as well as the care of the 27 migrants who are injured in hospitals.
For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) has established contacts with the governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela “to coordinate the identification and transfer of the bodies to the countries of origin”.
In parallel, the special prosecutor for human rights of the FGR, Sara Irene Herrerías, reported in the same conference that the institution has requested the first four arrest warrants from the fire in the immigration station.
He specifies that one of the measures requested is against the migrant who started the fire at the INM facility, whose identity has not been revealed, two are against INM agents and the others against a private security guard.
Also, he specified that the investigation folder is labeled with the manslaughter, damage to property of others, abuse of authority and injury.
About a thousand migrants have moved from Mexico to the United States since the tragedy in Ciudad Juárez
About 1,000 migrants crossed the US-Mexico border illegally on Wednesday, two days after a fire at a detention center killed 40 in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez.
The Border Patrol noted on Twitter that migrants, mainly Venezuelans, arrived in El Paso (Texas) to turn themselves in to their agents. They crossed the Rio Grande (Rio Grande in the United States), which marks the border between the two countries, on foot.
“Borders are not open and people should not be making the dangerous journey. Migrants entering illegally are subject to expulsion and repatriationBorder Patrol chief Raul Ortiz warned on Twitter.
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