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Wife of Drug kingpin “El Chapo” claims husband suffers from PTSD

October 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Wife of Drug kingpin “El Chapo” claims husband suffers from PTSD

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WASHINGTON – Emma Coronel, the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán on Thursday urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States to visit him in prison and put a halt to what she described as the life-threatening “psychological torture” he is experiencing behind bars.

Emma Coronel paid a one-and-a-half-hour visit to the IACHR’s headquarters in Washington, where she met with members of that body’s Protection Group to review the status of her petition for cautionary measures.

She said in a petition filed on May 11 that her husband’s life was in danger, and on Thursday delivered the IACHR officials additional documents, including a report from a physician who says Guzmán is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“All of this is for his health, and to stop the psychological torture they’re inflicting on him,” Coronel said.

She added that the petition was not seeking to impede her husband’s extradition to the United States, where he is wanted in several states for drug trafficking, weapons possession, homicide and money laundering, among other crimes.

Coronel has told reporters on several occasions that Guzmán is in very poor health due to rights violations at the prison in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez where he is being held.

Among other things, she has said he is suffering from depression due to being completely isolated from other prisoners.

Mexico’s government would have to either invite the IACHR to visit the prison or approve a request submitted by that rights body.

Emma Coronel also has filed a complaint with Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission over alleged mistreatment that has put her husband’s physical and mental health at risk.

Mexico’s government denies the allegations.

Guzmán, who has escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico on two occasions, is under constant watch at the penitentiary in Ciudad Juárez after being transferred there from the Altiplano maximum-security facility in central Mexico.

The cartel chief humiliated the Mexican government by escaping from Altiplano on July 11, 2015, through a mile-long tunnel dug to his cell, but he was recaptured six months later in his home state of Sinaloa.

He broke 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 Mazatlán.

Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel rose to become one of the main sources of illicit drugs entering the United States.

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

EFE

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