Offbeat El Chapo wants to meet with ‘religious person’ while in jail

16:20  05 october  2017
16:20  05 october  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

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Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn met in person with Joaquín Guzman Loera, the wanted Mexican drug lord known as " El Chapo ," while he was on the run from Mexican authorities.

Amnesty International has asked to meet with accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman Loera at the Manhattan federal jail where he is awaiting trial to assess whether he is being mistreated or prison conditions are too severe.

Authorities escort El Chapo from a plane after he arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 19, 2017. © Provided by New York Daily News Authorities escort El Chapo from a plane after he arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 19, 2017. El Chapo could be finding religion in jail.

The feds have said they will arrange for a Bureau of Prisons chaplain to visit Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman in his lower Manhattan jail, according to paperwork filed Tuesday.

But that is not good enough for the drug kingpin. His lawyer said Guzman, 60, wants to meet "with a religious person familiar to him and who speaks his own language, rather than a stranger."

The attorney said he'd send the feds some names for review and order a bible for Guzman.

Conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where the cartel czar has been held since his extradition in January have been the subject of ongoing gripes.

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But simply showing up for a meeting is not enough to support criminal charges. While I don’t think that Sean Penn is going to face any jail time over what happened with El Chapo , I do believe he will end up having to go to court.

his second spectacular escape from jail . RELATED: El Chapo Still in Sinaloa; Colombians Want to Kill Him. He helps more than the presidents, said a person from El Chapo ’s home region.

On Tuesday, Guzman’s lawyer argued that his client "has been effectively incommunicado" in the last nine months. His wife has been denied visits and his sister got one short visit — but the feds later voided her visa for return trips.

Prosecutors said jail rules allow for monitored calls with approved immediate family, but authorities needed names and phone numbers. Guzman hasn't provided the information, they said. If the contact is greenlighted, prosecutors said Guzman could make his two 15-minute, or one 30-minute, monthly calls.

His lawyer is pushing for 60 minutes of family talk time — which, he argued, was relatively "insignificant" seeing that Guzman's been cut off from the world. Late last month, a magistrate judge recommended prison authorities find a way that Guzman meet in the same room with his lawyers without any plexiglass divider. Judge Brian Cogan still has to decide if he'll endorse the idea.

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