OAN Geraldyn Berry
UPDATED 7:08 PM PT – Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has pleaded to be brought back to Mexico to complete his sentence due to the “cruel and unfair” treatment he is subjected to there. El Chapo is Mexico’s most powerful drug lord.
Despite denying any knowledge of the request, in response, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has stated that he would study it.
After decades in charge of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful organized crime organization, Guzman, 64, was found guilty in 2019 of drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder in New York.
He was sentenced to life and has since been imprisoned at the ADX Florence Supermax in Colorado.
El Chapo’s attorney José Refugio Rodríguez spoke in an interview with Mexican outlet Radio Formula. There, he alleges that his client has suffered unequal treatment thus a violation. Essentially, Guzman has not had an adequate access to sunlight, visitation rights, proper food or medical care. Additionally, Guzman has suffered psychological torture as a result of being kept in constant isolation and being prohibited from speaking his native language of Spanish.
In the past, while locked up, the druglord has escaped custody several times.
In accordance with a treaty between the US and Mexico, inmates may complete their terms of imprisonment there in order to be nearer to their families.