Medical examination proves 'El Chapo' is victim of ill treatment

According to the medical examination submitted by the capo's legal team, Guzmán suffers from generalized anxiety disorder.

Andrés Granados, lawyer for Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán - Photo: Reuters
English 26/09/2016 16:31 Newsroom Actualizada 16:36
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Under the Istanbul Protocol, drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán underwent a medical examination, which concluded that the Sinaloa cartel leader has been victim of ill-treatment in the Ciudad Juárez' federal prison, so his mental and physical health have been affected.

According to the medical examination submitted by the capo's legal team, Guzmán Loera suffers from generalized anxiety disorder.

'El Chapo' is being controlled with anti-anxiety drugs to help him sleep as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel also suffers from insomnia.

EL UNIVERSAL reported that Guzmán's legal team has claimed since January that its client is subject to physical and mental torture behind bars, because the drug lord remains locked in a maximum-security cell for over 22 hours a day, he can not talk to anyone, and every two hours at night the guards wake him up to take roll.

The defense lawyers requested the judge of the State of Mexico, who knows the case, to conduct the corresponding procedures to prove Guzmán has been victim of torture.

The Istanbul Protocol is intended to serve as a set of international guidelines for the assessment of persons who allege torture and ill treatment. 

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