A federal judge in Mexico has opened a court proceeding against three prison employees on charges of aiding the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities said on Friday.
In a statement, the Federal Judiciary Council said the legal process would advance against three of the seven originally arrested in relation to Guzman's July 11 escape from a maximum-security prison.
It said prosecutors showed there was sufficient evidence that the employees favoured Guzman's escape through a one-mile-long tunnel.
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 module.
The council also said that, at least for now, it was determined that there was no cause to prosecute the other four people detained in connection with the escape.
An official at the Federal Prosecutor's Office who was not authorised to discuss the matter and insisted on anonymity said prosecutors were considering their next step, including a possible appeal.