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Mexico wants to question actress Kate del Castillo about El Chapo interview

Published 18/01/2016

Investigators have formally asked Kate del Castillo to meet them about Sean Penn's encounter with Joaquin Guzman
Investigators have formally asked Kate del Castillo to meet them about Sean Penn's encounter with Joaquin Guzman

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.

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

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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