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Mexican official jailed over 'El Chapo' escape released from prison

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers  to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, after he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico. The History channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on Guzman's story. Last year, Guzman had broken out of prison and was on the run when he had a secret meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn. The actor wrote about it for Rolling Stone. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, after he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico. The History channel says it's developing a drama series focusing on Guzman's story. Last year, Guzman had broken out of prison and was on the run when he had a secret meeting with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn. The actor wrote about it for Rolling Stone. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (ap)

A Mexican court has ordered the release of a prison official jailed on charges of abetting the 2015 escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman."

The Attorney General's Office did not give details on the court ruling in favor of Leonor Garcia, the ex-legal director of the top-security Altiplano prison.

But the office said Saturday it is confident in its evidence against Garcia. Her release is not tantamount to exoneration, and the office said it would study whether to refile charges.

Garcia is one of more than 20 prison officials, employees and civilians who have been charged in connection with Guzman's 2015 escape through a mile-long tunnel that accomplices dug to the shower in his cell. Investigations have found security protocols were not followed.

Guzman was recaptured in January.

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