While the long arm of the law keeps twisting and turning in the extradition case of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the 59-year-old can finally see the light. Literally.
Guzman is so stressed he’s going bald, his lawyer told Fox News Latino. But at least he’s getting more sunlight.
Jose Refugio Rodriguez, who is the coordinator of Guzman’s legal team, said that he saw an improvement on his client’s physical condition the last time he saw him last month at the prison outside Ciudad Juarez, right across the U.S. border, where he remains in isolation.
Rodriguez said Guzman is now allowed up to half an hour of sunlight every day. He was previously allowed to see sunlight only three times a week when was first moved to Cefereso No. 9 prison back in May.
Guzmán is reportedly guarded by nearly 700 agents, soldiers and police officers inside and outside the perimeter of the prison.
Another big improvement, the lawyer said, is that the drug lord now is allowed to have his meals with the rest of the prison population and not in his 80-square-foot cell.
Other conditions remain unchanged. His contact with the outside world is strictly limited to two one-hour visits per week: one for a family member and one for his legal counsel.
Guzman is also allowed to watch television only one hour a day.
Back in June, Rodriguez’s team of lawyers filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, due to what they called Guzman’s isolating conditions.
Rodriguez told Fox News Latino that the U.S. authorities have not yet responded to his request for a plea bargain. Guzman has agreed to not fight extradition to the U.S. if authorities agree to certain conditions.
Guzman was transferred to the prison in Ciudad Juarez on May 7.
He had escaped from central Mexico’s Altiplano prison on July 11, 2015 through a mile-long tunnel, and was recaptured six months later.