A Mexican judge released José Ángel Casarrubias Salgado, alias “El Mochomo”, implicated in the Ayotzinapa case, on Wednesday for lack of evidence, although he was immediately detained, federal sources reported.
Casarrubias left the Altiplano maximum security prison in the municipality of Almoloya de Juárez, state of Mexico, and agents from the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic (FGR) of Mexico were already waiting for him with a new “presentation order,” they indicated.
Upon arriving at the prison parking lot where family members and lawyers were waiting for him, Casarrubias was detained with an “introduction order” from the Federal Public Ministry of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime Investigation (SEIDO).
Casarrubias Salgado is identified as one of the leaders of the Guerreros Unidos cartel and one of the main suspects in the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa on the night of September 26, 2014 in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero.
The authorities captured him on June 24 in the state of Mexico through an order issued by a federal judge of the same territorial entity.
Jose Ángel is the brother of Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado, also a leader of Guerreros Unidos, who was arrested in 2014 and who confessed that the group participated in the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students.
The FGR ordered this week the arrest of 46 officials from the state of Guerrero for their alleged relationship with the disappearance of the 43 students, in a new stage of the investigation that has left behind the first version built by the previous government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. (2012-2018).
In early March, the current President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, signed an agreement with the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) and the FGR to clarify the disappearance of the students.
On the night of September 26, 2014, 43 young people were detained by municipal police and handed over to members of Guerreros Unidos, who murdered them and cremated their remains in a garbage dump, according to the official version of the Peña Nieto government.
Independent investigators ruled out the possibility that the bodies were burned and the government chaired by López Obrador reopened the investigations to try to clarify the disappearance.