MEXICO CITY—Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has instructed his government to assist the family of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in seeking humanitarian visas to visit the convicted drug trafficker in the United States.
During a visit last week to Guzman’s hometown of Badiraguato in Sinaloa state, a lawyer passed Lopez Obrador a letter from Guzman’s mother.
“Like any mother asking me for support for her son,” Lopez Obrador said.
Later in the afternoon, the president published via Twitter Consuelo Loera’s letter in which she asks for his help in obtaining humanitarian visas for herself and two of her daughters.
Me preguntaron sobre la carta de la señora María Consuelo Loera, madre de Joaquín Guzmán. Dije que la primera parte de la petición la atenderá la Secretaría de Gobernación. Omití que la gestión de visas humanitarias ante EUA para sus hijas, la incluye a ella. pic.twitter.com/aQPwv0bbFs
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) February 22, 2019
Lopez Obrador was in Sinaloa last week to announce a highway construction project in the area.
In the letter dated Feb. 14, Loera described herself as “suffering and desperate” and wrote that she had not seen her son in more than five years. She called his extradition illegal and asked that Guzman be repatriated to Mexico.
Lopez Obrador said legal questions would have to be dealt with by Mexico’s Interior Ministry, Attorney General’s Office and judiciary.
U.S. support for such a request would be extremely unlikely considering Guzman has escaped from two prisons.
But on the humanitarian front, Lopez Obrador said: “I gave instructions that they facilitate (soliciting the visas) and that the sisters be able to go to the United States and to help them according to the laws, regulations that country has, so that they can visit him or have communication.”
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, such permission, known as humanitarian parole, is reserved for people with a compelling emergency, but anyone can apply. Those who could be considered eligible should have an “emergent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit” to temporarily entering the U.S.
AMLO promete visas humanitarias para que hermanas de el Chapo puedan visitarlo en EUALópez Obrador reveló que en su visita a Badiraguato, Sinaloa, un abogado le entregó una carta de la mamá de Joaquín ´El Chapo´ Guzmán Loera pidiéndole apoyo para su hijo y pidiendo ayuda humanitaria".El mandatario dijo que dio instrucciones para dar todas las facilidades a las hermanas de Guzmán para poder ir a Estados Unidos, obtener una visa humanitaria y visitar al narcotraficante.
由 Tele Ronda 发布于 2019年2月23日周六
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Guzman was convicted Feb. 12 after in federal court in New York on multiple drug trafficking and conspiracy charges and likely faces a life sentence. On Friday, his defense team said it wanted a new trial based on reports of jury misconduct.
El Chapo Wants New Trial
Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said in a court filing he intends to ask U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to conduct an evidentiary hearing “to determine the extent of the misconduct.”
The filing came two days after VICE News reported that at least five jurors followed media reports and Twitter feeds during the three-month-long trial and were aware of potentially prejudicial material that had been excluded from the proceedings.
One juror anonymously told VICE News that five jurors and two alternates heard about child rape allegations made against Guzman that were covered by the news media but not admitted into evidence at the trial. The juror also alleged that another member of the panel used a smartwatch to look up a news story at one point during the trial.
“It’s clear we have to get them back into court and get some answers about some massive misconduct,” Guzman attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told The Associated Press last week. “We hope it will lead to Joaquin Guzman getting the fair trial that he deserves.”
El Chapo’s Sons Indicted
The defense team’s announcement comes a day after two of the notorious drug lord’s sons were indicted on drug conspiracy charges, according to a Feb. 21 statement by the Justice Department.
Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28, have been charged in a single-count indictment that was unsealed the week before in Washington.
Prosecutors allege the two brothers conspired to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico and elsewhere in the world from 2008 to 2018. They are both believed to be living in Mexico and remain fugitives.