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Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman claims he’s being sexually harassed behind bars

January 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman claims he’s  being sexually harassed behind bars

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The infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is claiming that a prison guard is sexually harassing him during daily inspections, according to his attorney.

Silvia Delgado stated in an interview with Zocolothat Guzman is not comfortable with the way he’s being treated and said: “There is a guard that handles me instead of only touching me.”

Delgado had requested for improved cell conditions for the former Sinaloa leader in the maximum-security prison in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he is currently being held.

The lawyer did not reveal the name of the officer who is harassing Guzman, but it is alleged that he is currently on leave from the Juarez prison, which sits across the border from Texas.

Guzman claims he is being sexually harassed by a prison guard at the Federal Centre of Social Readaptation 9 in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas

The lawyer said that ‘El Chapo’ told her that it’s “more than abuse – they are handling me” and referred to the manner in which her client is treated as “embarrassing.”

Delgado said that the drug lord told her of the guard: “He squeezes and bothers me.”

Additionally, Guzman is reportedly unable to sleep properly, Delgado maintained, with correctional officers waking him up every four hours to ask how he is feeling.

Delgado reported that Guzman is trying to focus on the maintenance of his well-being, but he said that he is deeply affected by his isolation.

Another one of Guzman’s lawyers, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, told Radio Formula that he would not confirm nor deny his client’s claims regarding the sexual harassment.

“I can not deny Silvia because Joaquin is not obliged to tell me all of the details of his conversations with her,” he stated, “With me, he did not complain of a sexual touch.”

He did note, however, that ‘El Chapo’ told him that the officers made him change his clothes, so his body is exposed.

Guzman’s attorney also added that his client’s health is weakening and his hair is falling out because of the immense stress he feels.

He noted that the drug lord had been negatively impacted by the guards not letting him sleep, stating that one guard would tap on his cell and purposely make noise to keep him up.

El Chapo during his capture in Los Mochis, Sinaloa back in January 2016

Rodriguez contended that the Mexican government is treating ‘El Chapo’ “in a cruel and inhuman way” and that he is “thinking of bringing a political trial against the president.”

Two months ago, a judge denied an appeal filed by Guzman’s attorney to prevent his extradition to the U.S., which the government plans to carry out in the coming months.

He faces two extradition requests including one in California for drug trafficking and another in Texas on charges that include murder and money laundering.

After the foreign ministry had approved his extradition back in May, the Ministry revealed in a statement that the United States government had provided “enough guarantees that the death penalty will not be applied.”

The drug lord was recaptured in January last year, six months after his daring escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison through a one-mile tunnel underneath in his cell’s shower.

The slippery drug lord The slippery drug lord escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison through a one-mile tunnel that opened in his cell’s shower.

He had escaped from another prison back in 2001 and was apprehended in 2014.

He was brought back to Altiplano after he was arrested in January but was abruptly transported in May to a penitentiary in Ciudad Juarez, a city that sits across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Guzman’s extradition would lead to a major trial for the cartel boss, who is accused of providing tons of drugs to users in the U.S. while simultaneously igniting violence in Mexico.

President Enrique Pena Nieto had fought against extraditing Guzman before he escaped in July 2015, preferring to send him to trial in Mexico.

However, Pena Nieto changed his mind after Chapo was recaptured.

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