Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could not have escaped from prison without inside help, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Monday, pledging to bring to justice all those involved in the brazen scheme.
SOUNDBITE: Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Interior Minister of Mexico
“The public denunciation is a key element to get our goal of finding this criminal; that is why, I have asked all the federal and local security institutions, immediately to put in place an intense denunciation campaign”.
“Now is not the time to resign,” Osorio Chong said at a press conference. He has come under fire for letting the world’s most-wanted criminal escape under his watch.
The heads of two prison administrative agencies have been sacked, according to Osorio Chong, who nevertheless said all proper prison protocols and international standards were followed at the Altiplano prison in central Mexico State.
Guzman was able to take advantage of two “blind spots” in the 24-hour surveillance system designed to guarantee prisoners’ rights, the minister said, adding video footage of Guzman’s cell will be released.
The government is offering 60 million pesos (3.81 million U.S. dollars) for information leading to Guzman’s arrest.
SOUNDBITE: Arely Gomez Gonzalez, National Attorney General
“Today, the Attorney General’s Office issued an agreement that a reward of 60 million pesos (3.75 million usd) is offered to the person or people who provide useful, accurate and timely information, to help efficiently in the location of Joaquin Guzman Loera.”
So far, the authorities have questioned 34 prison officials and 17 inmates in relation to Guzman’s second escape from a maximum security facility in 14 years. Enditem