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Wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleads husband’s case in D.C.

June 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleads husband’s case in D.C.

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The wife of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo Guzman traveled to Washington earlier this month to launch an international investigation into her claims that her husband’s human rights are being violated as he awaits extradition to the United States.

Former pageant queen and a U.S. citizen, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who currently resides in Mexico, spent several days in Washington as she held a meeting at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a facet of the Organization of the American States.

Maria Isabel Rivero, the commission’s spokeswoman, confirmed that the meeting took place but refused to reveal the purpose or any details of the visit, citing privacy issues.

Rivero said, “Every single person who asks for a meeting at the IACHR is received under rules of confidentiality for the security of the persons involved.”

According to CNN, Coronel was questioned by officials upon her entry and departure from the states as a part of the customs process, but the dual citizen of the United States and Mexico is not charged with any crimes, so she was allowed to enter and leave without issue.

One of Guzman’s attorneys, Andres Granados, told CNN that the purpose of the visit was for Coronel to file a petition within the human rights commission and to seek an investigation regarding Guzman’s prison conditions in Mexico.

“They want to make him pay for his escape,” Coronel told Telemundo back in February. She also explained that she feared for her husband’s life in the maximum security Altiplano prison, where Guzman is currently being held.

She continued, “They say that they are not punishing him. Of course, they are … They are there with him, watching him in his cell. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom.”

Because of security concerns, Mexican authorities have transferred Guzman to a prison in Juarez, located near the U.S. border. Guzman’s attorney said that Coronel noticed individuals following her during her trip by who she believes were U.S. government agents.

Granados said, “That’s how it is for her, she knows they always have her under surveillance,” Granados told CNN.

Guzman is more than 20 years older than his wife. The two met when Coronel was just 17 years old back in 2007, and got married the year after. She gave birth to twins in Lancaster, California in 2011. She reportedly was with her husband when he was arrested in Mazatlan back in 2014.

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