Mexican Migration Authority Chief Accused of Deadly Fire
Francisco Garduo, the chief of Mexico’s migration agency, was charged by a Ciudad Juárez court on Sunday in relation to a fatal fire that occurred at a migrant center on March 27.
Mexican authorities claim that a migrant started the fire by setting a mattress on fire as a form of protest against the subpar conditions in which they were being housed.
The prosecution claims that Garduo’s inaction resulted in the deaths of the migrants who were being detained at the facility administered by the National Institute of Migration (INM) south of the border between the United States and Mexico.
Just before the trial begins, the prosecution has been given four months to prepare its case against Garduo.
The 74-year-old Mexican migration boss has been told to report to the officials on a regular basis but has not yet been detained. He also declined to comment on the current investigation.
Four guards and the immigrant suspected of igniting the fire have all been detained while a homicide investigation is ongoing.