Mexico prison workers face charges over drug lord escape Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

July 25, 2015 5:03 am


A wanted notice for information leading to the capture of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. Photo / AP

A federal judge in has opened a court proceeding against three
prison employees on charges they aided in the escape of drug lord
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, authorities said Friday.
In a
statement, the Federal Judiciary Council said the legal process would
advance in the cases of three of the seven originally arrested in
relation to Guzman’s July 11 escape from a maximum-security prison.
said prosecutors showed there was sufficient evidence that the
employees favored Guzman’s escape through a one-mile long tunnel.

One of the employees suspected of aiding El Chapo was in charge of the prison's video surveillance. Photo / AP
One of the employees suspected of aiding El Chapo was in charge of the prison’s video surveillance. Photo / AP
It described the employees as the person in charge of the
prison’s video surveillance control center and two guards. There were
inconsistencies in the supervisor’s statements and there was no
explanation for why the guards did not answer the telephone in their

The Council also said that, at least for now, it was
determined there was no cause to hold for prosecution the other four
people detained in connection with the escape.
An official at the
Federal Prosecutor’s Office who was not authorized to discuss the
matter and insisted on anonymity said prosecutors were considering their
next step, including a possible appeal.

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