Mexican drug lord asks for U.S. extradition

Mar 03, 2016, 3:28 AM EST
Source: Jair Cabrera Torres/flickr
Source: Jair Cabrera Torres/flickr

The jailed Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, has asked to be extradited to the United States rapidly so he can receive better treatment in prison.

The BBC reports:

His lawyer said Guzman had asked him to stop fighting his extradition because guards at his prison would not let him sleep. "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured in January, six months after he escaped from prison. Prison authorities say he is woken and checked every four hours. Two US courts have requested Guzman's extradition on charges of drug trafficking in California, and murder in Texas. But Guzman's defence teams filed an estimated nine appeals against his extradition. Guzman's lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, said his client had told him to negotiate with the U.S. authorities for a lighter sentence and confinement at a medium-security prison.

RT writes:

It is a major change of mind for the Sinaloa Cartel kingpin, as he previously instructed his lawyers to file motions preventing him from being turned over to the US. Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, has approached media and human rights organizations to make a case that her husband was being “tortured” in prison. In an interview with Telemundo, Coronel said that Guzman suffered from high blood pressure and was given no privacy, “not even to go to the bathroom.” The Altiplano maximum-security prison, outside Mexico City, has been keeping a keen eye on El Chapo ever since his recapture in January this year, because of his spectacular escape from the same facility nearly six months prior.