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Heads rolling in migrant detention center fire aftermath

The future of Francisco Garduño Yañez, chief of Mexico’s Immigration Institute (INM), is hanging by a thread after prosecutors filed charges against him as part of their investigation into the fire at a migrant detention center in Ciudad Juárez that killed 40 Central Americans on March 27.

pg2The federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR) accused Garduño of unlawful practice in public office, specifically of “failing to comply with his obligations to monitor, protect and provide security to the people and facilities under his charge.”

At a hearing this week, Garduño invoked his right to silence, but after listening to the charges, the judge rejected the FGR’s request to remove him from office, delaying any decision on the legitimacy of the charges until the weekend.

Despite the pending charges, Interior Secretary Adán Augusto López confirmed Wednesday that Garduño will continue with his duties.

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