Mexico’s president López Obrador calls El Chapo’s life sentence ‘inhumane’

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Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday called the life sentence given to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman as “inhumane” — echoing comments made by the convicted drug kingpin himself.

“A sentence for life in a hostile jail” would be “hard” and not worth living, the president said, according to Reuters.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during a meeting with the Mexican delegation competing at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

“It’s something very painful,” López Obrador said. He vowed to bring down violence stemming from drug violence by creating a society less obsessed with material wealth.

El Chapo Guzman was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday July 17, by a federal judge in Brooklyn after being convicted in February on several drug-trafficking charges. He will spend the remaining years of his life in Colorado’s supermax prison

“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said in court through an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”

Ahead of his sentencing this week, El Chapo said his incarceration was “physical, emotional and mental torture” — and “the most inhumane situation” he had ever experienced in his “entire life.”

Mexican president, López Obrador told reporters on Thursday that he hoped Guzman’s sentence — while harsh — would lead to less violence in Mexico.

“We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will decline,” he said. “We will continue to create a better society, supported by values, that is not based on accumulating material wealth, money or luxury.”

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