El Chapo’s Mother, Consuelo Loera, Asks Trump For ‘Christian and Humanitarian Act’ Towards Her Son
She wrote a handwritten letter to the White House and argued that her son’s human rights have been violated in the extradition process to the U.S.
“My son, Mr. Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, is arraigned before a federal judge in Brooklyn, in New York City,” she wrote. “In his extradition from Mexico to the United States, authorities violated various human rights laws established in both the U.S. and Mexican Consitution and laws.”
Consuelo also requested a humanitarian U.S. visa to visit her son in prison contradicting reports last month that such a visa had already been granted.
She concluded the letter with, “In expectation of a humanitarian and Christian act of justice, I say goodbye by sending you abundant blessings and wishing that our God enlighten you in all your actions that you perform for the benefit of the American people.”
Guzman’s attorney, Jose Luis Rodriguez Meza, said in a radio interview that they have not yet received a response despite confirmation from DHL that the letter arrived at the White House.
“We haven’t gotten any information from the embassy but, well, we’re confident that Trump will give her the visa, at least, because it would be a humanitarian act,” Meza said.
Guzman’s lawyers have written a similar letter to U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan alleging that holding him in solitary confinement at a high-security facility in Lower Manhattan violated the constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”
“Mr. Guzman is confined to a small, windowless cell, of approximately 10 x 8 feet,” read the letter. “[He] is permitted a single hour of solitary exercise from Monday through Friday in another indoor cell that contains one stationary bicycle. On the weekends he is not permitted any exercise.[He] has been over two years now without any access to fresh air or natural sunlight. Furthermore, the light in his cell is always on, leading to serious issues of sleep deprivation. His detention is far more onerous than that of detainees being punished for acts of violence within prison. These conditions are excessively punitive.”
Guzman is a Mexican drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, an international crime syndicate. He was extradited to the U.S. two years go to face charges for his role in heading up the Sinaloa Cartel.
He has been reported to have a fortune of $14 billion, making him one of the wealthiest people in the world.