Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has appealed to Mexico’s president for help. Because of alleged “mental suffering” in a US prison, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
“In the six years Joaquin has been in the United States, he hasn’t seen the sun,”. Said Jose Refugio Rodriguez, the Mexico-based legal representative of the founder of the Sinaloa cartel.
The message, described as “an SOS,” was sent through one of Guzman’s lawyers in the United States as well as his family, Rodriguez said.
Guzman is allowed three times a week in a small area where he “doesn’t get the sun”. And has fewer visits or phone calls than other inmates, the lawyer said in an interview with radio sources.
Guzmán wants President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to address alleged procedural violations during his extradition in 2017 under the former government, Rodriguez added.
Without specifying the content of the email, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard downplayed. The possibility of any government mediation on behalf of the notorious drug trafficker.
“He’s serving a sentence there, he has a sentence,” he told reporters. “So, frankly I don’t see any possibility for that, but I’m going to review it with the prosecutor’s office.”
One of his sons, Ovidio Guzman, was arrested this month by Mexican security forces in a raid that left 29 dead. And a dramatic shootout at an airport in the city of Culiacan.