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Lawyers for “El Chapo” lieutenant held in Chicago says Mexican military brutally tortured him

June 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Lawyers for “El Chapo” lieutenant held in Chicago says Mexican military brutally tortured him

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An alleged security aide to infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is claiming that members of the military in Mexico repeatedly tortured and humiliated him and threatened to murder his family, according to recently filed paperwork in Chicago federal court.

Jesus Raul Beltran-Leon, 33, remains in custody at the MCC-Chicago and is a defendant in Guzman’s drug trafficking and money laundering case. Detectives indicated that Beltran-Leon was a bodyguard for Chapo son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar.

Beltran-Leon’s lawyers argue that he “endured torture when he was arrested” in November 2014 at his parents home in Culiacan, Mexico, ABC7 reported

The former security chief for Ivan Archivaldo Guzman is alleging that members of the Mexican military repeatedly tortured him

He was subsequently extradited days after Guzman’s extradition to the United States.

The Sinaloa Cartel operator, who is also known by the moniker “El Chuy Raúl,”  is an American according to the 26-page description of the purported asphyxiation, blindfolding, beating, and restraint.

A pack of armed members of the Mexican Navy detained every member of the Beltran-Leon family. “The invaders punched violently and threatened to kill him” the documents state. “Jesus was able to distinguish helmets, masks, bulletproof vests, and guns. Because none of the invaders identified themselves as agents or provided any warrant, Jesus though he was being kidnapped.”

Beltran-Leon says that he was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back. “While en route to the kitchen, the group bludgeoned Jesus on the back of his head and neck with their fists and hard objects. In the kitchen, Jesus’ abductors held him down, placed plastic bags over his face, and began to choke him while others punched him in the abdomen, forcing the air in Jesus’ lungs to expel faster.”

The accusations of torture by Mexican soldiers are the basis of an evidentiary challenge by Beltran-Leon’s American lawyers.

The Sinaloa Cartel operative was extradited to the U.S. in January

Beltran-Leon’s recollection of the treatment includes a description of threats against his family. “You son of a bitch, are you going to cooperate or do you think your daughter can withstand a plastic bag?” The agents allegedly threatened to bring Beltran-Leon’s infant child to the kitchen and threatened to gang-rape his wife. They said, “We are going to kill your aunt with a shot to the head, or we’ll just hang her from a bridge.”

The Chicago filing points to “approximately ten bags” that were placed over Beltran-Leon’s face every two minutes, ripping them a bit from to provide a small amount of air.

“Due to the lack of oxygen and pain, Jesus briefly lost consciousness….This conduct convinced Jesus that his death was imminent.”

The torture lasted for one hour.

Beltran-Leon asserts that the officers demanded information about members of El Chapo’s cartel “or they would massacre his family.” Shortly after that, the detainee was placed in a car and was taken away from the home.

The car stopped in a field and Beltran-Leon was forced to complete paperwork and provide fingerprints. “The abductors removed all of Jesus’ clothing to determine whether he had tattoos, moles, or other identifying features. The examiners were unresponsive to the bruises and lacerations that he sustained during abductors’ assaults.

El Chuy Raúl is named in the indictment with ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Jesus added that his brutal injuries did not phase the agents because they were part of a death squadron” the Chicago court filing added.

Beltran-Leon argues that he was put in several vehicles and was taken to many locations which ended in a public park. “As he stood trembling, Jesus was assaulted with loud threats that he would be raped.” He was then wrapped like a mummy from his ankles to his head in a cloth and was dropped head-first into a water barrel.

Shortly after, he pledged “that he would cooperate” although there is no plea agreement, cooperation deal, or any indication of assistance with U.S. authorities.

The torture continued for hours, Beltran-Leon asserted, and at one point included someone who was “with” the U.S. DEA. Beltran-Leon then said he was brought to a Mexican military barracks and was eventually checked out by a military physician close to 24 hours after police burst into his house.

His lawyer said that “despite the fact that Jesus’ body displayed deep bruises, cuts, and abrasions, the doctor’s report indicated no signs of torture.”

They also state that “at one point, a woman from the U.S. Embassy visited Jesus. During this, Jesus told the woman about the physical and psychological torture. He also explained that he believed he could die while in custody and feared for the safety of his family.

In response, the woman indicated that ‘they were recording’ and said she could do nothing to help Jesus.”

The attorneys for “El Chuy Raúl” say that they will raise a motion to drop the indictment based on “outrageous government conduct…based on the torture Mr. Beltran-Leon endured.”

He has been charged in Chicago, along with other alleged members of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s violent drug cartel.

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