NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – A US judge ordered Thursday that a request by former drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to dismiss a trial brought on prison terms was unreasonable because it was not filed properly.
Federal Court Judge William Martinez in Colorado said that the attorneys for the defendants for “El Chapo” did not correctly submit their request to dismiss the lawsuit. The defendants include US Attorney General Merrick Garland and Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal.
Defendants last week said complaints about the former Mexican drug trafficker’s alleged “brutal and unfair” behavior in prison are unfounded, do not amount to any abuse and that “El Chapo” is “an inmate like no other”. No, he assured.
Last year, the Mexican filed suit against Garland, Carvajal and others, alleging that he is psychologically suffering because of how he is treated at ADMAX, a maximum security prison in Colorado. Guzmán said that he is isolated from any human being and from any opportunity to carry out any activity in the prison.
According to US prosecutors, Guzmán, one of the world’s most powerful drug traffickers, ran the Sinaloa Cartel, which was responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the United States, for more than 25 years. The United States says its “army of hit men” were ordered to abduct, torture, and kill anyone who came their way.
The 64-year-old Mexican was extradited from Mexico to the United States in January 2017 and sent to ADMAX prison in 2019, following a life sentence for drug trafficking and leading a criminal enterprise.