Mexican authorities prepares to make arrests in kidnapping of 43 student teachers

Relatives carry signs with photos of their missing loved ones that read in Spanish "They took them alive, we want them back alive!" referring to the 43 missing students from a rural teachers college during a march in Mexico City, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Demonstrators marched to mark the twenty months since the disappearance of the students in southern Guerrero state. The federal prosecutor claimed that the students were detained by local police and handed over to a drug gang, who killed them and burned their bodies, but a group of experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights does not agree with that hypothesis. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Vastavam web: Mexican authorities are preparing to arrest dozens of people implicated in the kidnapping and alleged murder of 43 student teachers in southern Mexico more than three years ago, the prosecutor in charge of the case said on Friday.Prosecutor Alfredo Higuera told a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Bogota he had obtained new information to file charges against 30 people, including local police officers.Guerrero has become Mexico’s deadliest state as a growing number of gangs battle over the control of poppy fields used to produce opium, the main ingredient in heroin.

An initial investigation by the government stated that the 43 were abducted by corrupt police who handed them over to members of a local drug cartel, who then killed them, incinerated their bodies at a trash dump and threw the ashes into a river.Higuera launched a new probe in 2016, and he said Friday that he had developed new lines of investigation.Later on Friday in a radio interview, Higuera said he had ruled out a theory that the students, who had commandeered buses to drive into the Mexican capital for a protest, had unknowingly taken a bus with a hidden heroin shipment.