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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The pinnacle of Mexico’s immigration company was arraigned on expenses Tuesday that he failed in his duty to guard these in his custody when 40 migrants died in a fireplace at a border detention heart final month.

Federal prosecutors stated that there are video recordings displaying that personal safety guards within the facility had requested immigration brokers permission to launch the migrants when the fireplace began, however have been denied.

Prosecutors offered proof that Francisco Garduño, the top of the Mexican Immigration Institute, was accountable for the protection of nation’s immigration amenities. They stated Garduño had obtained images of an enlargement of the Ciudad Juarez facility in July of final 12 months that confirmed it lacked primary security measures and may have led him to close it down.

A decide denied prosecutors’ request that Garduño be faraway from his place and be barred from leaving the nation. His subsequent listening to was scheduled for Sunday.

A migrant allegedly began a fireplace contained in the Ciudad Juarez detention heart March 27. Safety cameras inside the power confirmed smoke rapidly filling the cell holding 68 male migrants, but no one with keys attempting to release them. The feeds for these cameras have been streamed to a monitoring heart in Mexico Metropolis the place officers famous issues with the personal safety firm that Garduño was made conscious of, however did not rectify, prosecutors stated.

Along with the 40 killed, greater than two dozen have been injured within the fireplace.

Garduño has not stepped down from his submit, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has voiced his support. The president appointed Garduño to run the company in 2019 whereas underneath strain from then U.S. President Donald Trump to take a extra aggressive stance towards migrants crossing Mexico.

Garduño had beforehand been in command of Mexico’s prisons.

Prosecutors additionally spoke of nefarious dealings inside the power and a few migrants of their statements recounted how that they had been advised they might be freed in the event that they paid $1,000. They stated cigarettes and different contraband have been offered to detainees, one thing Garduño was advised about.

Migrants usually lacked water in detention and a few complained that teams of Venezuelan migrants have been allowed to lord over others, taking their meals, prosecutors stated.

In varied hearings associated to the case, prosecutors have made clear the power lacked primary measures to guard towards fireplace, was improperly outfitted with extremely flammable foam mattresses, usually did not register all the migrants held there and held folks for a lot longer than the 36 hours permitted.

Rodolfo Pérez, Garduño’s lawyer, advised reporters that within the subsequent listening to, he would present that Garduño had put adjustments in movement to help migrants and enhance circumstances within the company’s amenities.

To this point, the very best rating official headed to trial is the immigration company’s delegate within the state of Chihuahua, retired Navy Rear Adm. Salvador González. He was charged with murder and inflicting damage by omission amongst different expenses.

Prosecutors had beforehand stated that they recognized “a sample of irresponsibility and repeated omissions” within the immigration institute.

The turmoil in Mexico’s immigration company comes at a time when a number of thousand migrants are strolling north from close to the Guatemalan border in protest of the lethal fireplace and calling for Mexico to shut its detention facilities.

Seven of the migrants and activists accompanying them on Tuesday sewed their lips shut in protest over the shortage of a authorities response to their request for dialogue.

The migrants walked to the city of Huixtla, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Tapachula the place they began their stroll Sunday.

They’re asking authorities to supply them with buses – there are numerous households with younger kids amongst them – or a minimum of with momentary paperwork that might give them free transit via the nation. To this point, authorities haven’t made any try to cease them.

Irineo Mujica, of the migrant advocacy group Individuals with out Borders, was a kind of who sewed his mouth shut. “It hurts slightly, however the injustice towards the immigrant group hurts extra,” he stated. “None of these right here wish to be loss of life quantity 41.”

It additionally performs out simply weeks earlier than america authorities is predicted to finish the pandemic-era restrictions on asylum on the border and implement new measures that authorities hope will deter a brand new rush to the border.

AP author Edgar H. Clemente in Huixtla, Mexico contributed to this report.