Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán is begging to be allowed to return to his home country, claiming that he is being subjected to "psychological torture" in his US prison.
The former Sinaloa Cartel boss, who's son Ovidio Guzmán was recently arrested, was extradited to the US in 2017 following his arrest in 2016.
He is being held in America's most secure supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, and has often claimed he is mistreated.
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Through an "SOS" statement from his lawyer José Refugio Rodríguez on Tuesday (January 17), El Chapo appealed directly to Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The lawyer told Radio Formula that El Chapo is only allowed outside three times a week, into a small area that "doesn't get the sun".
He said that the drugs boss isn't allowed as many phone calls as other inmates and isn't cared for properly.
He claimed that, when El Chapo was suffering with dental problems, prison staff simply removed the problem teeth rather than treating them.
El Chapo is also apparently not allowed to communicate with fellow inmates, with the guards "forbidden to speak to him in Spanish".
He has now requested a "personal" meeting with the Mexican president as he feels "abandoned".
The lawyer argued that, as per an agreement between the US and Mexico, Mexican authorities must review El Chapo's status every six months.
Rodríguez said this hasn't happened and claimed he had reach out to Esteban Moctezuma, Mexico's ambassador to the US, on his client's behalf.
The Mexican embassy in Washington confirmed it received an email from the lawyer on Tuesday.
El Chapo is asking his president to assess alleged procedural violations during his extradition under the former government.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard downplayed the chance of the Mexican government stepping in on El Chapo's behalf.
"He is serving a sentence there, he has a sentence," he said. "So, frankly I don't see any possibilities for him, but I'm going to review it with the prosecutor's office."
El Chapo is serving a life sentence after being convicted on multiple charges including drug trafficking and money laundering.
He has twice escaped from prison in his home country.
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