Lawyer for Mex­ico drug lord claims ‘tor­ture’

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MEX­ICO CITY — A lawyer for Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man said Mon­day he will ar­gue that his client has been the vic­tim of tor­ture.

At­tor­ney Jose Refu­gio Ro­driguez said the con­victed Si­naloa car­tel boss’ le­gal team has sub­mit­ted ev­i­dence of al­leged abu­sive treat­ment of Guz­man in prison.

“Cruel and un­usual treat­ment is tor­ture,” Ro­driguez said.

Guz­man’s lawyers have com­plained in the past that he is not be­ing al­lowed to sleep, mix with other pris­on­ers or re­ceive enough vis­its. They said that caused him anx­i­ety and el­e­vated his blood pres­sure to dan­ger­ous lev­els.

The gov­ern­ment says spe­cial se­cu­rity mea­sures are needed fol­low­ing Guz­man’s es­cape from the max­i­mum-se­cu­rity Alti­plano prison near Mex­ico City in 2015.

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