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Mexico’s First Lady of Death Who Ordered Mass Murder of 43 Students Now Face Organized Crime Charges

January 7, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The wife of a Mexican mayor who ordered the kidnapping of 43 students in a case that has sent the country into chaos is now facing federal charges of money laundering and organized crime activities, authorities said.

Maria de los Angeles Pineda, the wife of former mayor of a southern city in Guerreros state, was bandied before reporters as she was transported to a federal prison prosecutors charged her with using illicit funds and of being involved with drug cartel syndicates.

Her brothers are leaders of the Guerreros Unidos, a cartel whose responsible for carrying out the abductions and assassinations of the rural teaching students, authorities said.

Pineda and husband Jose Luis Abarca were arrested Nov. 4 in Mexico City, after they had fled the small town of Iguala, where the students were kidnapped as they rode in buses to protest local corruption. Both have already been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the disappearances of the trainee teachers.

Only one body has been identified as belonging to a student. The remains of a mass grave discovered outside the town are so incinerated, the country’s attorney general has said. DNA testing may be of no use. U.S. FBI agents are helping to run genetic examinations.

A haggard-looking Pineda was videotaped inside a courtroom Monday and again as mask-wearing police put her on a plane to a federal prison.

The abductions have caused mass demonstrations across Mexico, with thousands calling for justice in a case that, even by gruesome Mexican cartel standards, is especially brazen.

From the New York Daily News

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