The man who has been considered the world’s most powerful drug lord could be dead by December.
The news was offered yesterday during a Milenio Television interview with Emma Coronel, wife of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. from a prison cell in Ciudad Juárez.
Coronel said Guzmán’s condition is steadily declining and that he believes he won’t live long enough to be extradited because prison officials are not attending to his health. He told her he would likely be dead by December.
She worries he will suffer from a heart attack or some other ailment because of the abuse she claims he is suffering.
He should be treated humanely and with dignity “like any other inmate, that’s what we’re asking.”
“With every visit I see him worsening more and more . . . .” It appears the federal government wants to kill him before he’s extradited, she said.
Coronel filed a complaint on his behalf Monday with the National Human Rights Commission.
Guzman’s defense team says he is taking medication for headaches, depression and anxiety.
Last Thursday, the National Security Commissioner said Guzmán was in good physical health and denied accusations of abuse. The longtime narco-trafficker is receiving ongoing medical attention, said Renato Sales, and is enjoying a state of health that “many of us would like to have.”
Guzmán faces multiple drug charges in the U.S., which has requested his extradition. Sales forecast recently that could take place in January or February.
Source: Milenio (sp)