Mexico: the president will study the request for the return of “Chapo” Guzman

Mexico: President to study request for return of « Chapo


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he would consider the request for the repatriation of ex-drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, who is complaining about his living conditions. detention in the United States. 

“When it comes to human rights, there are international bodies,” the Mexican president said during his daily press conference. “You always have to keep the door open when it comes to human rights.”

Guzman, 65, said he suffered “psychological torment” in the extremely high security prison at Florence in the deserted mountains of Colorado.

There he is serving a life sentence for drug trafficking, money laundering and the use of firearms.

His letter was forwarded by his lawyers to the Mexican ambassador to the United States.

One of his lawyers, José Refugio Rodriguez, told AFP that he wanted Guzman to ” return to Mexico” to stand trial and serve his sentence in a local prison.

He mentioned the existence of “penitentiary conventions” between Mexico and the United States.

The grievances of the “Chapo” come after the arrest of one of his sons, Ovidio Guzman, on January 5 in the state of Sinaloa (north-west) during an operation which left 29 dead (10 soldiers and 19 suspected criminals according to the authorities).

Guzman, implacable leader of the Sinaloa cartel, escaped twice in 2001 and 2015 from Mexican prisons. Arrested again in Mexico in January 2016, he was extradited to the United States in 2017.

On July 18, 2019, he was found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and the use of firearms by a New York court.

The same court in Brooklyn began on Tuesday the trial for cocaine trafficking of Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexican Minister of Security between 2006 and 2012.

M. Garcia Luna is accused of accepting bribes to protect the Sinaloa cartel from the “Chapo”.

The Mexican president called the lawsuit “very important” and hoped that it would allow whether the American authorities were aware of the links between Garcia Luna and the drug traffickers.