Jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be in U.S. custody in as little as two months. The imprisoned cartel leader ordered his attorneys to expedite his extradition.
The announcement was made Wednesday morning by Guzman’s defense attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez Nunez during a broadcast interview with Mexico’s Radio Formula.
The attorney said that Guzman’s health is deteriorating in a Mexican prison where officials will not let him sleep and have been mistreating him. The lack of sleep appears to deal with the lights constantly being on in his cell and the guards going in to check on him every four hours as precautionary measures against another escape attempt.
Rodriguez Nunez said that the legal team was looking forward to dealing with the U.S. justice system which he claims is easier to negotiate with than is the Mexican government.
As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel broke out of a Mexican maximum prison last year. This was the second time that the capo escaped from custody. The second escape was considered a slap in the face to the Mexican government which has been dealing with a severe public image problem tied to the never ending violence in that country.
Rodriguez Nunez said that the legal team is also preparing a complaint with the Interamerican Human Rights Commission (CIDH) about the measures that the Mexican government has used against his client.
The claims of abuse have also been brought up by Guzman’s wife Emma Coronel. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the drug lord’s wife spoke with one of Mexico’s top journalists for an interview aired by Telemundo. In that interview, Coronel hinted that her husband was not as big of a deal as he has been made out to be. She claimed the Mexican government was in fact using him as a diversion to cover up other dealings. As part of the interview, Coronel also claimed that she worried for her husband whose health was worsening.