The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman claims a prison guard is sexually harassing him during daily inspections, his lawyer has said.
Silvia Delgado said that Guzman is ‘uncomfortable’ with the way he’s being treated and told her: ‘There is a security guard that handles me instead of only touching me’
Delgado has asked for better cell conditions for the former Sinaloa drug cartel leader in the maximum-security prison in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua where he is currently being held.
The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s lawyer said on Monday that the former Sinaloa cartel leader is ‘uncomfortable’ with the way he’s being treated in prison
Guzman claims he is being sexually harassed by a prison guard at the Federal Centre of Social Readaptation 9 in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas
The lawyer did not reveal the name of the prison guard who allegedly harassed Guzman, according to Zocalo, but it is believed he is currently on leave from the Juarez prison, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas.
She said Guzman told her that it’s ‘more than abuse – they are handling me’ and called the way in which her client is handled ’embarrassing’.
Delgado said that the kingpin told her of the prison guard: ‘He squeezes and bothers me.’
Guzman, pictured after being captured in July, also says prison guards wake him up every four hours during the night
Guzman is also unable to sleep properly, Delgado claimed, with prison guards waking him up every four hours to ask how he feels.
Delgado said that Guzman is focusing on his well-being, but he told her that he is being affected by his isolation.
Another of Guzman’s lawyers, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, told Radio Formula that he could not confirm or deny his client’s sexual harassment claims.
‘I can not deny Silvia, because Joaquin is not obliged to tell me all of the details of his conversations with her,’ he said, adding: ‘With me he did not complain of a sexual touch.’
He did say, however, that Guzman told him guards made him change his clothes so his body was exposed.
Guzman’s lawyer said that his client’s health is declining and his hair is falling out because of the stress he is under.
He added that the kingpin had been affected by the guards not letting him sleep, saying one guard would tap on his client’s cell and make noise to keep him awake.
Rodriguez claimed that the government is treating Guzman ‘in a cruel and inhuman way’ and that he is ‘seriously thinking of bringing a political trial against the president’.
Guzman filed an appeal two months ago in hopes of preventing his extradition to the United States, which the government plans to carry out early this year.
The slippery drug lord was recaptured in January, six months after his brazen escape from the Altiplano maximum-security prison through a one-mile tunnel that opened in his cell’s shower. Pictured above is Guzman escaping through his shower
He is facing two extradition bids, one in California for drug distribution and another in Texas on charges that include murder and money laundering.
Approving the extradition in May, the foreign ministry said in a statement that the US government had given ‘enough guarantees that the death penalty will not be applied’.
Mexico, which has no capital punishment, has previously criticized the execution of Mexican nationals in the United States.
The slippery drug lord was recaptured in January last year, six months after his brazen escape from the Altiplano maximum-security prison through a one-mile tunnel that opened in his cell’s shower.
He had previously escaped from another prison in 2001 and was arrested in 2014.
He was taken back to Altiplano after his January arrest, but was abruptly transferred in May to a prison in Ciudad Juarez, a city bordering Texas.
Guzman’s extradition would lead to a major drug trial for the head of a cartel accused of providing tons of drugs to addicts in the United States while fueling violence in Mexico.
President Enrique Pena Nieto had balked at extraditing Guzman before his July 2015 escape, preferring to put him on trial in Mexico.
But Pena Nieto changed his mind after Guzman was returned to prison.