Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s lawyer says he has seen a “marked deterioration” in his shopper’s psychological state — together with hallucinations, despair and reminiscence loss — because of stringent jail situation.
“It is plain to the defense team that something is not right with Mr. Guzman,” protection lawyer Eduardo Balarezo mentioned in a letter to a federal decide looking for permission for a neuropsychologist to look at his shopper.
Because Guzman has escaped twice from Mexican lockups, he’s held in near-isolation on the federal jail in Manhattan whereas awaiting trial on expenses he ran the world’s largest drug-trafficking cartel.
Since his extradition to the U.S., protection attorneys and prosecutors have been preventing over the phrases of his detention, which retains him in a cell for 23 hours a day with barely any guests past authorized counsel.
In the letter, Balarezo complained that Guzman’s cell is chilly and all the time lit. He’s had one hour-long go to along with his daughters and one hour-long go to along with his sister, whose visa has since been revoked.
“During the last month Mr. Guzman has suffered a marked deterioration in his mental state,” the letter mentioned. “This deterioration has manifested itself in his lack of ability to recollect folks, locations and occasions. Specifically, he has complained about 1) auditory hallucinations; 2) the federal government ‘recording’ his cell and authorized visits; three) feeling persecuted; and four) despair.
“Counsel has noticed that Mr. Guzman has begun repeating himself often and sometimes forgetting what the discussion is about.”
The lawyer instructed that if the alleged deterioration continues, Guzman may be discovered incompetent to face trial.
In a letter to the decide, the psychologist mentioned she wants a contact go to to correctly badess Guzman. She mentioned his palms can’t be shackled and the examination should happen in a room with nobody else however an interpreter current.
Prosecutors, who’ve beforehand mentioned that the tight safety is critical due to Guzman’s historical past of escapes, haven’t but responded to the protection request.