Friday, 29 January, 2016

Kate del Castillo Breaks Silence on Sean Penn, El Chapo Meeting

Murder Rate Rises in Mexico, While Other Crimes Fall
Dana Christensen | 23 January, 2016, 11:35

Some months ago an infamous Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera escaped from a "Maximum Security" prison in Mexico while U.S. Justice Department officials were seeking to extradite back to the U.S. for criminal activity here.

The "El Chapo" fandom does not stop with the "Crazy Paisley" shirt.

For one U.S.past year, the notorious drug boss instructed his lawyers to trademark his name, giving Mexican authorities their first clue that he wanted to make a film of his life, local media said on Tuesday. He could barely write, but is very intelligent, the ex-official said. Many expressed admiration and longing for the next meeting more than concern about the purported movie project.

Authorities said Penn's initial meeting with El Chapo, as well as his subsequent communication, were some of the contributing factors leading to the drug lord's arrest. He pointed out that meeting with a fugitive is not a crime even if the law says that it should be reported, it is not punishable.

Milenio said it obtained the transcripts of the texts from a federal official, who also could not be named.

According to Mexican officials, El Chapo'sextradition process could take at least a year. He was captured after a gunfight on Friday.

The messages provide a new window into the mysterious relationship between the then-fugitive and Del Castillo, who brokered the sitdown between Guzman and Penn, which authorities are investigating. He faces numerous charges in the USA, including drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder.

Fault Lines travels to the troubled Mexican state of Michoacan to find out what happens when vigilante groups take on powerful drug cartels.

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