The Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)revealed this Wednesday that he “does not rule out” supporting the request for help from drug trafficker Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán, who requests his transfer to Mexico because he alleges violations of his human rights in the United States.
“When it comes to human rights, there are ways and there are international instances, so it is not to be ruled out because the main human right is the right to life, so anyone must be guaranteed this right”said the president in his daily press conference.
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AMLO confirmed that the lawyer shortysentenced to life in prison in 2019 by a New York court, “submitted an application by electronic means” at the Mexican Embassy in the United States on January 10.
His lawyer, José Refugio Rodríguez, has told the media that the drug trafficker asked to speak with Lopez Obrador to inform him of the treatment he is receiving in the Colorado jail where he is and to raise the possibility of his transfer to Mexico.
This matter is already being dealt with by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the president reported.
“The person in charge of North America is already looking at this matter and we are going to review it,” exposed.
“There is nothing more to see if it is appropriate or not, if we have, as (the foreign minister) Marcelo (Ebrard) mentions, we have the possibility of doing it”he added.
The defense of shorty He has argued that the detainee “doesn’t get the sun, the food is of poor quality, and there is no health, in addition to the fact that he receives unequal treatment from the rest of the inmates and that since last March he has only made six or seven calls to his family and lawyers.
Given these allegations, Lopez Obrador He commented that “you always have to leave the door open when it comes to human rights” despite the criminal record of Guzmán, a former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
“All of this is very controversial, we already know that, but we cannot say ‘no’ like that, we have to argue”he concluded.
Before his extradition to the United States, the shorty He escaped in 2015 from the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) number 1 Altiplano, also known as the Almoloya prison, located in the State of Mexico.
His son Ovidio Guzmán is being held there, arrested on January 5 and who also has an extradition order from the United States for alleged crimes of drug trafficking.
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