Cold And Sleepy El Chapo Begs Lawyer For Quick Extradition To US

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The lawyer for Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera begged his attorney to get him extradited to the U.S. as soon as possible because “he has not seen the sun,” according to Univision.

El Chapo is being mistreated by Mexican prison officials, according to the drug lord’s lead defense attorney José Refugio Rodríguez Núñez. Both El Chapo’s attorneys and his wife are increasingly worried about his health and well-being.

El Chapo is currently being held in maximum security Altiplano prison in Mexico — where he escaped in July 2015, but was caught and returned in January 2016. Rodríguez told Univision that if El Chapo is not extradited soon and his living conditions in prison do not change, he will try to move the case to the Mexican National Commission of Human Rights.

Lawyers for the drug trafficking boss claim their client is being denied sleep and is forced to spend far too much time in his cell. El Chapo’s alleged living conditions are being leveraged by his legal team in a bid to get him to the U.S. so he can be placed in a medium-security prison for a light sentence.

Juan Pablo Badillo, another attorney for El Chapo, told Reuters the extradition process would “take time” and require “an agreement with the US.”

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