As reported before, life isn’t sweet for the boss of all bosses, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman behind bars. In Altiplano prison (the same one he escaped from last summer), El Chapo has been moved randomly from cell to cell, since his recapture. Dogs, that have been trained to detect his scent, stand guard on his block. Additionally, 400 cameras have been installed in the prison, and another 600 are slated to be added to that number by April. The floors have been reinforced with steel rods. Prison officials were reportedly concerned with Sinaloa cartel leader’s apparent depression, and gave him a copy of Don Quixote to read. However, according to his lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, the drug baron is claiming that he’s the victim of “physical and mental torture,” CNN reports.
The authorities may have slept on El Chapo during his previous stay at the prison, but now they allegedly refuse to let him get a good night’s sleep. “He told me, literally, ‘Every two hours, at night, they wake me up to take roll. … They are turning me into a zombie. They do not let me sleep. All I want is just for them to let me sleep,’ ” Badillo said in an interview with Mexico’s Radio Formula on Tuesday. “‘ It is brutal torture,’ he told me…This is what was done by Stalin in the ’40s and ’50s in Russia.”
Some of the radio show’s listeners fdid not have any sympathy for El Chapo, though. One caller expressed, “So now ‘El Chapo’ is yet another victim of the system. And the thousands of people who he had killed and who he poisoned with his drugs, who is protecting them?”
Nevertheless, El Chapo must live in these conditions until his expected extradition from Mexico to the United States to stand trial.