Mexican officials called to testify in drug lord’s escape Opposition senator says ‘El Chappo’s' escape affects national security, country’s image

Hunt for El Chapo

Hunt for El Chapo

MEXICO CITY – (AA) A commission on national security called on senior officials on Tuesday to testify and explain how the country’s most notorious drug lord could’ve escaped a second time.

Commission members said Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, along with the Attorney General, Commissioner of National Security, and others, will present their versions of the facts to the Chamber of Deputies later this week.

“The escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is a case of national emergency that affects not only national security, but also Mexico’s international image”, said opposition Sen. Fernando Yunes Marquez.

A huge manhunt is underway to find the country’s most-wanted drug lord who previously escaped from another of Mexico’s maximum security prisons in 2001.

He was caught last February in the state of Sinaloa and kept at the maximum security prison in Altiplano.

Lawmakers have increased calls for Osorio Chong to resign, blaming him for the escape.

“The moments of crisis are not to resign, but to face them. A very delicate event has happened and we have to investigate, sanction and recapture this criminal,” Osorio Chong responded Monday night while providing details of the investigation.

Guzman, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, escaped Saturday night through a 1.5-kilometre (1 mile) long tunnel equipped with a motorcycle on rails, lighting and ventilation system that experts say was built by engineers with the help of persons inside and outside the prison.

The Attorney General’s office said 34 prison employees have been questioned in connection to the escape, including the director of the institution.

A reward of 60 million pesos ($3.8 million) has been offered for information leading to Guzman’s capture.

The reward is the highest bounty ever offered in Mexico.

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