Convicted drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has reportedly written to the President of Mexico claiming he is being held in is “the most severe and horrific prison in the United States”.
Guzman’s lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo told Mexican TV channel Univision that the drug lord had written a letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador complaining that he is being held in “the most severe and horrific prison in the United States” after being “illegally sentenced” by a New York court.
The letter, which lawyer Badillo says was signed by Guzman and the signature is “100-percent real”, Guzman reportedly claims he was illegally sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years by a New York court in July. He is serving his sentence at ADX Florence in Colorado, the most secure supermax prison in the United States.
Guzman says the sentence was illegal because he was not “wanted in extradition” and that the US authorities “did not meet all the demands of extradition law”.
The letter was reportedly sent to the Mexican President and the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico.
The lawyer did not want to mention how he received the letter, reportedly written from the maximum-security prison Chapo is jailed in, as he only said that he received it in a “confidential envelope”.
Mariel Colon, another of the drug lord’s attorneys, told Univision that her client is not in good health as he is locked up 23 hours a day.
She says that he has lost weight and is not receiving medical attention because he does not speak English.
The American government claims that Guzman brought, and attempted to bring, 1,213 tonnes of drugs into the United States for 25 years, including 144 tons of cocaine, 222 kilos of heroin, and almost 50 tonnes of cannabis.
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