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Prosecutors debate harsh prison rules for Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

June 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors debate harsh prison rules for Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

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The battle continues over how strict jail rules need to be for Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, a two-time escape artist from Mexican prisons.

Attorneys and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn spent weeks arguing back and forth regarding whether Guzman should be removed from solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.

Currently, however, the leader of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa Cartel remains in the same cell.

Now the two parties are fighting about the possibility of getting Guzman in the same room as his attorneys — without a border of Plexiglass separating them, according to the New York Daily News.

Prosecutors have contended that there’s no way to do it safely.

Guzman remains imprisoned under tight security at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center

Alternatively, the defense team asserts that the current set-up is no way to prepare for a huge drug trafficking trial scheduled for 2018 and the government is being “speculative and implausible” in its safety concerns.

The feds have indicated that the attorney visiting room has exposed pipes and wires — each providing Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman with different possibilities to unleash mayhem.

For instance, officials believe that he could turn on the fire sprinklers, flood the room and use the wires to electrocute himself or others.

He could also block doors with furniture to create a hostage situation.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman was extradited to the United States, according to a report by the Mexican government on Jan. 19, 2017. (MARIO GUZMAN/EPA)

Prosecutors argue that this isn’t paranoia, using a jailed Al Qaeda leader as an example, who almost murdered a corrections officer at the same facility in 2000 with a sharpened comb. The man hadn’t tried to attack his attorneys or jail employees before the incident, they added.

Guzman’s attorneys with the Federal Defenders of New York said he’s “always treated us with respect, and we have no concern for our safety.” He’s also been extremely nice to jail staff, they noted.

His past escape acts involved hiding in a laundry carriage and fleeing out of a tunnel. The defense said the escapes in Mexico were carried out without violence.

There is no logical way to think the 60-year-old would do something like that in the U.S. Even if he did escape, they noted that Guzman would have to get through at least seven steel doors, go downstairs and use an elevator just to get to the street – where he’d be met by even more armed jail employees

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