Friday 9 December 2016

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo to be questioned after drug kingpin El Chapo's interview with Sean Penn

Published 18/01/2016 | 20:36

Mexican actress Kate del Castillo
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo
'El Chapo' - Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman (pictured)
Actor Sean Penn shakes hands with Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in Mexico during their meeting in October for a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview. Photo: Rolling Stone

Mexican authorities say they want to talk to actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged Sean Penn's controversial interview with drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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A federal official confirmed that investigators have formally asked del Castillo to meet them about her and Penn's encounter with Guzman.

Actor Sean Penn shakes hands with Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in Mexico during their meeting in October for a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview. Photo: Rolling Stone
Actor Sean Penn shakes hands with Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in Mexico during their meeting in October for a ‘Rolling Stone’ interview. Photo: Rolling Stone

The official said del Castillo is considered a witness and is not accused of any crime.

Guzman is the Sinaloa drug cartel chief who was captured earlier this month in Los Mochis, Sinaloa state, six months after escaping from a maximum-security prison.

Penn's article about Guzman was published by Rolling Stone a day after his capture.

Eduardo Sanchez, spokesman for Mexico's presidency, said last week that the government would investigate whether a crime was committed during the meeting between the drug lord and the actors, but that there was no criminal probe of Penn or del Castillo.

However he criticised the idea that someone with information about a wanted fugitive would not share it with authorities.

Del Castillo responded to criticism last week on Twitter, writing: "Not surprisingly, many have chosen to make up items they think will make good stories and that aren't truthful. I look forward to sharing my story with you."

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