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article imageSeven Mexican prison officials charged over Guzman escape

By AFP     Jul 17, 2015 in Crime

Seven prison officials from the Mexican jail where drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped were charged over the affair and taken to a federal detention center Friday, authorities said.

Prosecutors have held 22 prison officials, including the facility's director, for questioning since Sunday, but it was unknown whether the director was among those charged.

The seven officials were "driven to a federal detention center" after being charged, a source told AFP.

It took 18 minutes for guards at the Altiplano prison some 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Mexico City, to go into Guzman's cell after they noticed that he vanished from it, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Thursday.

Closed-circuit camera footage released by the government this week showed that Guzman paced in his cell before bending down behind a short partition wall in the shower, then disappearing.

The Sinaloa cartel chief then rode on a motorcycle with two carts rigged on a rail system inside a 1.5 kilometer tunnel built for his second escape in 14 years.

The escape has dealt a heavy blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto and the Mexican government, which had pointed to Guzman's arrest last year as its biggest victory yet in its war on drugs.

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