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Mexican president says he will consider El Chapo’s request to transfer

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Wednesday his government will consider a request by jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to return to Mexico, presumably to serve his sentence.

Guzmán, 64, was sentenced to life in prison in the United States for a drug conspiracy that has sowed murder and unrest for more than two decades.

Guzmán has lived in poor conditions in prison since his 2019 conviction, said José Refugio Rodriguez, a Mexican lawyer who claims to represent him. Rodriguez told local media that Guzmán did not have sufficient access to sunlight, visits, good food, or medical care.

The Mexican Embassy in Washington said on its Twitter account that it had received an email from Rodriguez about the matter and forwarded it to the Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said “we will review it,” adding: “You should always keep the door open when it comes to human rights.”

There is a prisoner transfer agreement between the United States and Mexico that allows prisoners convicted in one country to serve their sentences in their own country under certain circumstances. But given Guzmán’s crimes, his sentence and the risks he supposedly still poses, many doubt the agreement applies in his case.

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