Seven charged over escape of Chapo Guzman – Telegraph.co.uk


The opening of the escape tunnel used by ‘El Chapo’

The seven were taken to prison on Friday night. Their charges were not given, but if they are charged with assisting a prisoner to escape they could face 20 years in prison.

“We are going after all those involved, and after everyone who betrayed the country,” said Miguel Angel Osorio Chung, the interior minister.

Guzman’s second escape from what is supposed to be the country’s most tightly guarded prison marked the start of a miserable week for the president, perhaps his worst since coming to power in 2012.

Chapo’s escape is his second – he hid inside a laundry cart in Jalisco in 2001, and was on the run for 13 years before being recaptured. At the end of June the US authorities once again requested the extradition of Chapo to serve his sentence in a North American prison – something which some believe sped up his escape efforts. Mexico has long resisted American calls for Chapo to be held under lock and key north of the border, and said that they were confident he could never escape.


Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman (Reuters)

Mr Pena Nieto, who had travelled to France for an official visit when Guzman escaped, returned to Mexico and said in a speech on Friday that the prison escape has caused “indignation, frustration, anger in broad sectors of society.”

But in what appeared be a reference to questions about why no high-ranking official has been fired in relation to the escape, Mr Pena Nieto said “We are not going to solve this issue by getting angry, and filling ourselves with rage.”

“The only way to answer this insult without doubt is by recapturing this criminal,” he said.

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