Notorious drug kingpin and prison escapee, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has asked his legal team to try to expedite his extradition to the United States because he claims he’s being mistreated by officials in the Mexican maximum-security prison where he is currently being held.
Guzman was recaptured earlier this year after being on the run for approximately six months. He tunneled his way out of a jail cell in an elaborate escape last July and immediately went into hiding.
Guzman reportedly told his lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, to try to get him extradited “as fast as possible.”
He even said he is willing to plead guilty in the U.S. if they can negotiate a lighter sentence and confinement at a medium-security prison. That request isn’t likely to happen though, considering he has already successfully escaped twice from maximum-security prisons.
Does he really think authorities expect him to sit quietly and serve his time in a medium-security prison?
"He said to try to get a negotiation with the American government," Rodriguez said, according to the AP. "We know of agreements with other people for confinement in medium-security prisons ... a much lower sentence," Rodriguez added.
El Chapo claims that guards at the Altiplano prison are constantly waking him up. He reportedly said he feels like a sleepwalker, always in a state of tiredness.
"Not allowing someone to sleep is an act of torture," Rodriguez said. "I saw a desperate man, a dejected man. I found him very discouraged and in a very serious state of health."
If Guzman’s claims are true, perhaps the guards are doing this as a strategy to make sure he’s always too tired and dazed to come up with another intricate escape plan.
“I am loudly awakened every two hours at night. They are turning me into a zombie, they do not let me sleep,” Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman's attorneys, quoted him as saying during an interview.
Authorities, of course, deny that Guzman is experiencing any mistreatment. While security measures have been stepped up at the prison to monitor the serial escapee, they maintain that El Chapo’s human rights are not being violated in any way.
Who knows if that’s true … but, it isn’t really a far-fetched idea that bitter prison guards who were previously duped by this manipulative criminal would inflict some level of harassment on him.
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