“El Chapo” Guzmán Requests Assistance from Mexican President

Chapo Guzman Calls upon López Obrador for Help in US Prison

The imprisoned drug trafficker Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán has asked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for help in the face of the “psychological torment” he claims to be suffering in the United States prison where he is serving a life sentence.

According to one of his lawyers, José Refugio Rodríguez, Guzmán has not seen the sun in six years, and is only allowed to travel to an enclosed area of 5 square meters three times a week. Guzman also alleges that he is not allowed to contact other inmates, and that the guards are forbidden to communicate with him in Spanish.

His legal representative believes that this “psychological torment” and lack of access to sunlight can shorten his life prematurely. Furthermore, Rodríguez argued that the Mexican authorities ought to monitor the conditions of his incarceration, and that President López Obrador should take into consideration the “procedural violations” stemming from the former president, Enrique Peña Nieto’s handling of the drug lord’s extradition.

Chapo Guzman’s call for help comes after the arrest of his son Ovidio Guzmán in an operation in Culiacán that left 29 dead. Guzmán is currently serving his life-sentence at the ADX Florence maximum-security prison in Colorado.

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