Charges against 3 prison employees for Mexican drug lord escape

Updated on Jul 25, 2015 08:52 AM IST
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.
A handout picture shows the alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison, at a house in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, on Sunday. (AFP PHOTO/ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MEXICO/HO)
A handout picture shows the alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison, at a house in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, on Sunday. (AFP PHOTO/ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MEXICO/HO)
AP | By, Mexico City

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.

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