Four public officials have now been charged for their suspected involvement in the jailbreak of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the country’s federal courts system said on Monday, bringing the total number of officials charged in his escape now totaling seven.
Two members of Mexico’s intelligence agency and two guards at the Altiplano prison from where Guzman escaped, have been charged with assisting a prisoner escape, the federal courts said in a statement.
According to the charges, the four officials did not activate the mechanism to alert others of Guzman’s escape, despite the fact all the technological systems needed to do so were working normally.
Three other officials were previously charged in Guzman’s escape. Last month, the acting head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said he thought Guzman was still in Mexico, adding he was ‘not terribly surprised’ to find out he had broken out of prison.
The arrests come days after Guzman’s son, 29-year-old Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, posted a photo on Twitter of himself and someone who appears to be his father at a restaurant in Costa Rica.
There were also claims he was spotted in Mexico. Witnesses say the Sinaloa Cartel leader was taken to a hospital in Tobasco after a car crash, but escaped before federal officers arrived.
The hospital’s director denied that Guzman, who is wanted for a $ 5million reward in the U.S., had been a patient.
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