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Wife of Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman concerned for husband’s mental health behind bars

April 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Wife of Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman concerned for husband’s mental health behind bars

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The beauty queen spouse of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is voicing her concerns about her husband’s well being.

Emma Coronel broke her silence in front of Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday, telling the press she was worried because the ruthless kingpin is not adjusting well behind bars, the New York Post reported.

“(My) worry is his health because I know he’s in a bad psychological state. He feels bad, the lawyers have told me, and that worries me,” Coronel stated.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was extradited from Mexico last year to face charges of narco-trafficking, laundering money, abduction, and murder, has been languishing behind bars, his wife said.

Coronel also begged prosecutors to go easy on her Chapo.

“How is he going to get to trial if his health is not good?” the 28-year-old model said of her 61-year-old husband.

Coronel, speaking in Spanish, added that Guzman’s attorneys and the couple’s twin girls are allowed to see him in prison, but she only gets to see him in court and isn’t otherwise permitted to speak to or see him.

Coronel has taken the young girls to previous court dates. But Tuesday, she went to court without them, sporting a one-shoulder white blouse inside Judge Brian Cogan’s courtroom.

Her husband, wearing his navy blue jail garb, gave her a cheery wave as he was taken in and out of court.

The kingpin didn’t speak at the brief hearing, but his attorney, A. Eduardo Balarezo, said he was preparing for Guzman to undergo another evaluation by a neuropsychologist.

Much like Coronel, Balarezo has worried about Guzman’s mental state while in solitary confinement.

He remains in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

The judge told prosecutors to provide all of their evidence to the defense by May 18th. He added there was a “good chance” he’d refuse any evidence prosecutors presented after that.

Cogan said he’d bring in between 800 and 1,000 likely jurors this summer to complete questionnaires.

Jury selection in Guzman’s trial is set to begin in September.

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