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Lawyers for Chapo Guzman slam Mexico’s handling of rumored escape

July 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyers for Chapo Guzman slam Mexico’s handling of rumored escape

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Federal officials’ decision to post a photograph of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman on social media to confirm that the Sinaloa cartel leader had not escaped from prison “shows the lack of credibility of our authorities,” defense attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez said Monday.

Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio posted an image from a security camera on Twitter last Friday to show the public that Guzman was still at a prison in the northern state of Chihuahua after rumors began spreading on social media that the drug lord had escaped.

“With serious authorities, you don’t have to exhibit people” to demonstrate that no one is lying, the attorney told Imagen Radio.

Posting the photograph may violate the human right to privacy, given that “photographs cannot be exhibited without permission or authorization from him,” Rodriguez said.

The photograph posted by Osorio shows Guzman sitting at a table in a large room as guards look on.

The defense attorney took the opportunity to rip the government over the conditions at the prison where Guzman is being held.

The drug lord’s cell at Federal Prison No. 9 North is “unhealthy and, in fact, he had to ask for (supplies) to clean it so it could be washed,” Rodriguez said.

Guzman has trouble sleeping because guards only let him lie “in a set position, face up,” the defense attorney said.

“If he covers his face, they wake him up. If he crosses his arms, they wake him up, with any movement he makes to the side,” Rodriguez said.

Defense attorneys filed a complaint about a month ago with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, due to the fact that Guzman “has been in isolation for more than six months, segregated in a cell,” and is allowed to communicate only with his family and lawyers, Rodriguez said.

Guzman was transferred to the prison in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, on May 7 from the Altiplano maximum-security prison in central Mexico.

The drug lord escaped from Altiplano on July 11, 2015, through a mile-long tunnel dug to his cell.

He had earlier broken out of a prison in the western state of Jalisco in 2001 and spent more than 13 years on the run before being recaptured on Feb. 22, 2014, in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan.

Guzman’s organization rose to become one of the main sources of illicit drugs entering the United States.

The Mexican kingpin’s wealth led to his name regularly appearing on Forbes magazine’s list of global billionaires.


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