Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Jaqouin “El Chapo” Guzman, has asked to return to Mexico to complete his sentence, pleading with the country’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to bring him back from America.
El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison and has since been kept at the ADX Florence Supermax in Colorado, according to One America News.
Also locked up in the Florence Supermax are other high-profile inmates such as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Oklahoma City bombing accomplice Terry Nichols.
OANN reports that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador denied knowledge of the request, but has stated that he would “review it.”
“We’re going to review it (the plea),” Lopez Obrador told reporters, according to CBS News.
“… the door must always be left open when it comes to human rights,” he added.
Jaoquin Guzman, 64, was found guilty in 2019 of drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder in New York. Prior to his conviction, he founded and led the violent Sinaloa Cartel for decades, terrorizing the country. His son
Ovidio Guzman, El Chapo’s son, was also arrested by the Mexican government this month, spurring a string of bloody battles between narcos and Federales in Sinaloa.
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El Chapo’s son leads a faction of the cartel known as “Los Chapitos.”
Wednesday, Ovidio’s extradition to the United States was halted by yet another federal judge, the second time proceedings have been blocked by a judge since his arrest on Jan. 5 in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
El Chapo’s attorney José Refugio Rodríguez reportedly alleged that his client has suffered “unequal treatment thus a violation.
“Essentially, Guzman has not had 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,” OANN reports.
El Chapo has escaped custody twice with the assistance of corrupted prison officials.
A treaty between the United States and Mexico allows inmates to complete their terms of imprisonment in their home country in order to be closer to family.