Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has barely been in jail for 2 months and he’s already having hassle seeing and even obtained a foul haircut as a result of the barber didn’t converse Spanish.
The 62-year-old medicine kingpin, who co-founded Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel, is serving a life sentence on the ADX Florence tremendous most safety penitentiary in Colorado, the place no prisoner has ever escaped from.
He was visited there two weeks in the past by his lawyer Mariel Colón, who additionally shaped a part of Jeffrey Epstein’s authorized staff earlier than the kid predator dedicated suicide final month.
Colón says she noticed a stark distinction in El Chapo’s physique since he was transferred July 19 to the detention facility, simply two days after he was sentenced by a decide in a Brooklyn court docket to life plus 30 days.
‘He appears a lot skinnier, slightly extra stifled. He isn’t doing nicely there,’ Colón stated, in response to Univision. ‘It’s the saddest I’ve ever seen him.’
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Life inside a cell the place he has to spend 23 hours a day has been something however paradise for Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (pictured), whose eyesight has worsened, in response to one among his attorneys
El Chapo is allowed to spend just one hour outdoors the concrete jail cell the place he’s spending the remainder of his life
El Chapo’s authorized staff flew from New York to Florence, Colorado, to go to him on the tremendous most safety facility the place no prisoner has ever escaped from
El Chapo is holed up inside 7-by-12-foot concrete cell with double doorways in a bit dubbed ‘Vary 13, and is underneath the round the clock watchful eyes of the jail workers.
‘He instructed me that each one he does is take a look at the wall, the ceiling, attempt to watch tv slightly, however he cannot do it nicely due to the issue in his eyes,’ Colón instructed the Spanish-language community.
‘He’s alone the remainder of the day doing nothing.’
Cellphone calls are restricted to simply as soon as a month and in August he spoke to his mom and sister.
El Chapo is confined to his cell for 23 hours a day, and is allotted one hour to step out into an out of doors cell for recent air on daily basis. The lawyer says this has result in a deterioration in his imaginative and prescient.
‘His eyesight worsened in a month and a half,’ Colón stated.
‘It’s not that he’s blind, however he sees blurry. He cannot learn. He wants glasses … He had not sought therapy as a result of he doesn’t converse English and he didn’t ask for an eye fixed physician till I went.
‘I assume it was due to the pressures, the tensions,’ Colón added.
Mariel Colón (second from left to proper), a member of El Chapo’s authorized staff, not too long ago visited the jailed drug lord and stated the 62-year-old Mexican man gave the impression to be in a tragic way of thinking like she had by no means seen him earlier than
‘It could be associated to the affect of the prisoners’ each day isolation. Being in a cell 23 hours a day, with out seeing the daylight, vastly impacts your eyesight. As a result of prisoners who’re like this cannot use lengthy distance imaginative and prescient as a result of they’re at all times in a ‘dice’ and that impacts them.’
Colón and the remainder of El Chapo’s authorized representatives proceed to work on making an attempt to ease among the restrictions and obstacles that exist for El Chapo – who twice escaped from Mexican prisons.
‘He spends all his time in isolation, no person speaks Spanish, the guards do not converse Spanish, so many issues are tough for him,’ Colón stated.
Not having the ability to talk in English with the jail workers led to a misunderstanding when a barber completely tousled with the clipper.
‘He requested for a minimize, however since he would not converse English he may solely say one thing like ‘minimize’ and he [the barber] understood that he was shaving his head, nevertheless it was not what he needed,’ Colón stated.
José Luis González Meza, El Chapo’s authorized consultant in Mexico, stated this week that attorneys are engaged on having El Chapo returned to Mexico to serve the rest of his sentence.
His U.S. attorneys are additionally combating to enchantment the decide’s choice.
When he noticed us he was blissful as a result of he noticed a well-recognized face and for the easy proven fact that he was going to have the ability to speak to somebody,’ Colón stated.
‘He nonetheless has psychological readability. Mr. Guzmán is an individual who has a powerful thoughts and has not given up on his authorized course of.’
It’s not El Chapo’s first criticism of the strict situations that have been imposed on him by america justice system after he was extradited from Mexico in January 2017.
Whereas he awaited his destiny on the Manhattan Metropolitan Heart, El Chapo complained of faucet water and request entry to bottled water and stated the cell was too chilly.
El Chapo (pictured within the pink circle) was transferred from a New York Metropolis federal jail to a brilliant most safety jail in Colorado on July 19, two days after he was sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in jail
Mariel Colón met together with her consumer El Chapo, who not too long ago complained of receiving the improper haircut