Mexico asks Israel to extradite former official who led investigation into missing students

A senior Mexican government official said that his government sent a letter to the Israeli occupation government urging it to facilitate the extradition of a former senior official who was responsible for a controversial investigation into the disappearance of 43 students seven years ago.

Mexican government officials said Thomas Zyron, the former head of Mexico’s criminal investigation agency, went to Israel last year to avoid scrutiny of his handling of the investigation into the disappearance of the students.

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Mexican authorities and relatives of the missing youths accused Zyron of fabricating evidence to support the previous government’s account of the students’ disappearance on September 26, 2014.

Zyron had previously denied the allegations.

Alejandro Encinas, Deputy Minister of the Interior of Mexico, requested the assistance of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“The president sent a message … requesting (Israel’s) support and cooperation and speeding up the process of his extradition (Zeron),” Enthenas said.

The students went missing in the southwestern city of Iguala. The government said corrupt policemen kidnapped the students in cooperation with a drug gang in the area.

The previous government said the gang killed the students in the belief that some of them were working for a rival gang, adding that it cremated their bodies and dumped the remains in a river.

A panel of international experts later found loopholes in the official account of the incident, adding to anger over the scandal that tarnished the reputation of the previous government.

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