Former Iguala mayor’s wife is charged with organized crime in Mexico

The wife of the former mayor of Iguala, Mexico, where 43 missing college students are presumed to have been kidnapped and murdered at the hand of drug cartels has been officially charged. Prosecutors charged Maria de los Angeles Pineda with organized crime and money laundering in the, according to a report released by BBC on Tuesday. Her brothers allegedly operate a drug gang in the State of Guerrero—when the 43 male college students from the teachers college “La Normal” disappeared, authorities believe police handed them over to the drug gang after student protests that took place in September 2014. SEE ALSO: Mayor of Iguala and his wife are arrested in Mexico City Former Iguala Mayor’s wife’s involvement in case of missing students Federal prosecutors later reported that the students had been killed and their bodies burned in a mass grave—even though no concrete evidence has been brought up. Jose Luis Abarca, her husband, and former mayor, was also arrested in November, after both him and Pineda were found sleeping in an apartment in Mexico City. Prosecutors have charged him with organized crime, kidnapping and murder. The case of the missing students has rocked the entire country and made international headlines that have brought attention to the widespread government and police corruption in many Mexican states. The scandal has also been a black eye for the government of Enrique Peña Nieto—after some investigations have revealed that even government and police forces at the federal level might be involved in such gruesome acts. SEE ALSO:  11 decapitated bodies found in the State of Guerrero Many of the parents of the missing students have held on to hope, organizing marches, protests and sometimes even rioting, asking for that their sons be returned alive. At this point only the body of one man has been found and positively identified as one of the missing college students.The post Former Iguala mayor’s wife is charged with organized crime in Mexico appeared first on Voxxi.

FILE- In this May 8, 2014 file photo, the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, right, and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa meet with state government officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico. Federal police early Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 detained the couple and now Pineda faces organized crime charges. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez, File)

The wife of the former mayor of Iguala, Mexico, where 43 missing college students are presumed to have been kidnapped and murdered at the hand of drug cartels has been officially charged.

Prosecutors charged Maria de los Angeles Pineda with organized crime and money laundering in the, according to a report released by BBC on Tuesday. Her brothers allegedly operate a drug gang in the State of Guerrero—when the 43 male college students from the teachers college “La Normal” disappeared, authorities believe police handed them over to the drug gang after student protests that took place in September 2014.

SEE ALSO: Mayor of Iguala and his wife are arrested in Mexico City

Former Iguala Mayor’s wife’s involvement in case of missing students

Federal prosecutors later reported that the students had been killed and their bodies burned in a mass grave—even though no concrete evidence has been brought up.

Jose Luis Abarca, her husband, and former mayor, was also arrested in November, after both him and Pineda were found sleeping in an apartment in Mexico City. Prosecutors have charged him with organized crime, kidnapping and murder.

The case of the missing students has rocked the entire country and made international headlines that have brought attention to the widespread government and police corruption in many Mexican states. The scandal has also been a black eye for the government of Enrique Peña Nieto—after some investigations have revealed that even government and police forces at the federal level might be involved in such gruesome acts.

SEE ALSO:  11 decapitated bodies found in the State of Guerrero

Many of the parents of the missing students have held on to hope, organizing marches, protests and sometimes even rioting, asking for that their sons be returned alive.

At this point only the body of one man has been found and positively identified as one of the missing college students.

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