Prison guards won't let 'El Chapo' sleep, lawyers say

MEXICO CITY -- Lawyers for drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said Friday he told them that guards at Mexico's Altiplano prison won't let him sleep, and that plans to make a movie about his life with actress Kate del Castillo are still on.

See Full Article

Guzman's lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, said drug lord still wants the movie to be made but that the accused drug lord won't contribute money to it.

"He wants it to be done," Rodriguez said, adding that Guzman's belief is that Del Castillo is still in charge of the project. Del Castillo has not commented directly on whether the movie plans are still on.

"I know that Kate is Mr. Joaquin Guzman's representative ... she is authorized to do it," he said. "And he told me Monday that the movie has to go forward."

Rodriguez said Guzman's involvement would be to authorize the use of his name and story.

At an impromptu news conference outside the prison west of Mexico City, another of Guzman's lawyer said guards waken Guzman every two hours at night, and the practice is equivalent to torture.

"He said 'what I want is for them to let me sleep. They are making me into a Zombie," Juan Pablo Badillo quoted Guzman as saying.

Badillo compared Guzman's treatment to that of prisoners at the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "This is the same torture they applied to prisoners of war there in Guantanamo," he said.

Rodriguez gave The Associated Press a copy of Guzman's testimony in one of the cases against him, in which the jailed drug lord accuses prison authorities of torturing him and said "I feel like a sleepwalker," saying the practices had affected his health.

"My head and my ears always hurt and I feel bad all over," Guzman said in the document.

But the testimony also sheds light on the relatively permissive visitors' schedule Guzman enjoyed at the maximum-security prison before his escape in July. It has been reduced since he was recaptured in January.

Guzman said he had been give an hour-and-a-half every day to talk to his lawyer, an hour in the sun in a prison patio, and a four-hour conjugal visit and a four-hour family visit every nine days.

That regimen of visits -- few of which would occur in a U.S. top-security prison -- may explain why Guzman's lawyers are working so hard to prevent his extradition.

Badillo said that lawyers had filed a total of nine constitutional appeals on Guzman's behalf against extradition, restrictions on visits and other alleged violations.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Zimbabwe's ousted VP returning, expected to be sworn in as president

    World News CBC News
    Zimbabwe's former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home on Wednesday, a ruling party Zanu-PF official said. Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, was expected to land in Zimbabwe at 6:30 a.m. Source
  • Human rights group calls on Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests

    World News CTV News
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday. Source
  • 3-year-old killed, 3 others injured in Conn. crash after pursuit

    World News CTV News
    WATERBURY, Conn. - Authorities say a teenage driver fleeing police in Connecticut has crashed his car at an intersection, killing a 3-year-old and injuring three other people on the sidewalk. State police say Waterbury officers in an unmarked car tried to stop the unidentified 18-year-old Tuesday afternoon. Source
  • Australia loses 9th legislator in citizenship crisis

    World News CTV News
    CANBERRA, Australia - An Australian senator who is British by descent has become the ninth lawmaker to leave Parliament over a 116-year-old constitutional ban on dual nationals running for office that threatens to bring down the government. Source
  • Full interview: Zimbabwe opposition leader pushes for democracy

    World News CTV News
    Despite being arrested and beaten for challenging ousted Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, the country’s opposition leader wishes to see a peaceful transition of power. In an interview with CTV National News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, Morgan Tsvangirai said the top priority in Zimbabwe is installing a democratic election process that is fair, credible and “irreversible. Source
  • White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact during Trump's Asia trip

    World News CBC News
    Three U.S. military personnel allegedly had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with U.S. President Donald Trump on his trip this month to Asia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The three Army non-commissioned officers, who worked for the White House Communications Agency, have been reassigned from their White House jobs, according to the Post, which cited officials familiar with the situation. Source
  • Dramatic video shows escape, shooting of North Korean defector

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S. Source
  • Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss of death; girlfriend gets 2 years

    World News CTV News
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at the Oregon State Penitentiary and she passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth. Source
  • Creative, humane solutions needed in Nova Scotia feral cat crisis

    Canada News CTV News
    Nova Scotia faces an uphill battle when it comes to the area’s feral cat problem, but experts are working to find creative and humane solutions to the issue. While the total numbers are unknown, Halifax city staff estimate there could be as many as 90,000 feral cats in the Halifax Regional Municipality alone. Source
  • 'Mladic must answer for these crimes': Former Bosnian Serb general awaits war crimes verdict

    World News CBC News
    Enes Paratusic, who was tortured, beaten, and nearly starved to death years ago during the Bosnian war, says true justice for Ratko Mladic would be forcing him to live near the graves of his victims. "They should build a house there for him and let him live with those people. Source