Motorcycle on tracks inside Guzmán's tunnel. Motorcycle on tracks inside Guzmán's tunnel.

Prison officials were removed, reinstated

Evidence of inefficiency and corruption among high-level staff

Top-level federal officials have revealed a record of inefficiency and corruption among the personnel currently under investigation for their involvement in Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s escape from the El Altiplano penitentiary on July 11.

Despite having been removed from other positions, several officials now linked with Guzmán’s escape were assigned once more to key positions within the Administrative Office for Prevention and Social Readaptation (OADPRS) as recently as six months ago.

Interviewed by Milenio, the unnamed officials also explained that many administrative positions in the federal penitentiaries were entrusted to people who were completely unprepared, while staff in other positions were “imposed” by senior federal agencies.

One of the cases cited was that of José Francisco Layesca, director of public works of the OADPRS, who had control of the architectural plans of the El Altiplano penitentiary.

Layesca had been removed from that position in 2012 after he was allegedly caught demanding payments of up to 2 million pesos from federal contractors, threatening them with breach-of-contract fines if they refused.

Some considered Layesca was unfit to hold a federal position and demanded he be deemed ineligible from that point on. But the case against him was dropped without explanation and he was reinstated —to the same position — in the second half of last year.

Another example was that of Celina Oseguera, coordinator of the Federal Centers for Social Readaptation (Ceferesos), who was let go after Guzmán disappeared.

Oseguera left a trail of accusations against her during her tenure at the penitentiary undersecretariat in Mexico City. It was believed in federal circles that she had covered up a prostitution ring in the capital’s prisons, and was accused of being responsible for the deaths of two inmates who had denounced a corruption network within the capital’s Reclusorio Oriente prison.

An international search is under way for Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, who fled from his prison cell through a 1.5-kilometer tunnel.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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