was one of Mexico’s bloodiest drug lords and author of “epic” tunnel escapes from maximum security prisons. Now, imprisoned in the United States, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman he complains he hasn’t seen the sun for six years, when they locked him up.
El Chapo is serving his sentence in a wing of the Florence prison (Colorado) in unit H, under the SAM program: special, administrative and security measures. extreme isolation.
that extreme isolation He’s wrong
And now the former strongman of Sinaloa is asking for help from the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in front of the “psychological torment“who claims he is suffering in US prison where he is serving a life sentence,” one of his lawyers said Tuesday.
“In the six years that Joaquín has been in the United States, he hasn’t seen the sun,” said José Refugio Rodríguez, his lawyer in Mexico and who received Guzmán’s “verbal” message through Mariel Colón, one of his legal representatives in the United States and one of the boss’s sisters.
The Mexican embassy in the United States confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that it had received an email from Rodríguez on January 10.
Without referring to the content of that communication, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, discarded in front of reporters that your government can intercede on behalf of “El Chapo”.
“Let’s see, but he’s serving time there, he has a sentence. So, well I see no chance frankly, but I will look into it with the accusation,” he said.
A corralito where the sun doesn’t beat
Rodríguez explained that Guzmán only goes out three times a week in a “corralito” of about five square meters where “the sun doesn’t hit it”, and authorizing fewer visits or phone calls than other inmates.
“This suffering psychological torment and up to a certain physical point because not taking him to the sun (…) generates a deterioration in his health, this deterioration can lead to lose your life prematurely“He warned in an interview with Radio Formula station.
There is a certain cynicism in the denunciation when it is known that Chapo himself has admitted to having killed between 2,000 and 3,000 people.
The trial he faced in the United States and which ended up sentencing him to life in prison was a show of atrocities committed by the former drug lord.
In his third day of testimony in that trial, in November 2018, Jesús “el Rey” Zambada recounted several murders committed by the drug lord.
For almost four hours, on his third day of testimony, Jesús “el Rey” Zambada recounted several murders allegedly committed by “El Chapo”, accused of having trafficked more than 155 tons of cocaine into the United States for 25 years and which can be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.
El Chapo, protected by 30 to 40 armed men, used handguns, AK-47 type rifles and even bazookas and did not hesitate to kill when he deemed it necessary to protect the cartel’s business and expand its power, according to Zambada, who at the time he became a government witness from the United States.
They don’t speak to him in Spanish, another torment
Now Guzmán complains that he cannot communicate with other inmates and with the guards It is forbidden to speak to you in Spanish. He also stressed that Mexican authorities are obliged to monitor their prison conditions, according to agreements with the United States.
Rodríguez described the boss’s statement “like an SOS from someone who swim into the sea drowning and look for a piece of wood where to cling”.
He insisted, however, that the request to President AMLO also seeks to address alleged procedural violations during his extradition, carried out in January 2017 under the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018).
He asks López Obrador “to pay attention to this violation of rights that the government of Peña Nieto has engaged in,” Rodríguez said.
“Chapo’s” claim is known after Mexican authorities captured Ovidio Guzmán, one of his sons and heir to part of the Sinaloa cartel, on January 5 in an operation in Culiacán (northwest) that left 29 dead.
Guzmán was found guilty in the United States of drug trafficking, money laundering and use of firearms. On July 18, 2019, he was sentenced to life in prison, which he is serving at the ADX Florence maximum security prison in the mountainous Colorado desert.
Clarín writing with archive information and AFP agency
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