Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexico drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, said that she hasn’t seen her husband since he was captured earlier this year, and that she is scared what will happen to him.
The interview of Aispuro – a former beauty queen who has a dual citizenship and married El Chapo in 2007 (she was 17 while he was 50 at the time) – was conducted by Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez. It is set to air on February 21, Sunday, at 7 p.m. ET on Telemundo in a special called “The Queen of El Chapo.”
As reported by NBC News, she said in the interview produced in association with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley (IRP), “They want to make him pay for his escape. They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are. They are there with him, watching him in his cell. Not everything people say is true… I think that all human beings have the right to have at least the basic things — they are not giving that to him.”
Aispuro, El Chapo’s third wife, said her husband is being “slowly tortured” and suffering from high blood pressure, which causes her to be “afraid for his life.”
Guzman’s recapture came six months following his escape from a maximum security prison. In July 2015, Guzman sneaked out of prison through a tunnel into his shower room.
“They want to make him pay for his escape,” Aispuro said in the interview. “They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are. They are there with him, watching him in his cell … all day long, calling attendance. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the bathroom.”
Arrested on January 8 this year, El Chapo has been kept in solitary confinement in El Altiplano. He is under constant supervision of armed guards and police dogs. His arrest came as a result of a series of texts that he sent to the Mexican soap opera actress Kate del Castillo, the Guardian reports. El Chapo met del Castillo and Hollywood actor Sean Penn to discuss a biopic chronicling his life.
“Anything evil that happens in whatever part of the world is [blamed on] El Chapo … he is not the most powerful capo in the world … but the [Mexican] government made him the most wanted capo in the world perhaps to hide more important things,” Aispuro said. “He’s not violent, he’s not rude, I’ve never seen him say a bad word to anyone.”
The interview was recorded on February 12 in Sinaloa, Mexico.