Israel shouldn't 'protect' former Mexican official, president says

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his second state of the union address at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

(Reuters) - Israel should not protect a former Mexican official believed to be residing there, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday, adding that Israel had been informed of an arrest warrant against the individual.

Lopez Obrador said Tomas Zeron, an official in the previous administration who is wanted for tampering with evidence and torture in the case of 43 missing students, among other crimes, was not “politically persecuted.”

Reporting by Diego Ore; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel