Mexico shows video of drug lord Guzman before escape

Picture taken from a television screen of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on the moment of his escape, displayed during a press conference. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexico's government released a video on Tuesday showing the moment that fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman goes into his prison cell's shower before disappearing.

The surveillance camera footage shows Guzman pacing back and forth several times in the cell before bending down behind a short dividing wall in the shower space, but the hole through which he escaped is not visible.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said Guzman's behaviour before he vanished late Saturday was normal for an inmate in a maximum-security prison.

"It's a natural behavior for prisoners in a confined space for a prolonged time," Rubido told reporters.

The government also showed a video of the 1.5-km escape tunnel, which had a rail system for a motorcycle with a metal cart in front and a special rail system for it to ride on.

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