Mexican police arrest former attorney general Murillo

FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jesus Murillo speaks during a news conference at the attorney general's office in Mexico City December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's former attorney general Jesus Murillo, who served under prior president Enrique Pena Nieto, has been arrested for charges of forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice in the 2014 disappearance of 43 students, Mexican officials said on Friday.

The attorney general's office said in a statement that federal police carried out an arrest warrant against Jesus M., which a source at the office confirmed was Murillo.

He acted as attorney general from 2012 to 2015. In that time, Murillo oversaw the highly criticized investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students.

International experts criticized the official inquiry as riddled with errors and abuses, and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in 2018 vowing to clear up what happened in the disappearance.

(Reporting by Kylie Madry, Daina Beth Solomon, Adriana Barrera and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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