The wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman traveled to Washington earlier this month launching her efforts to seek an international investigation into her claim that Guzman's human rights are being violated while he awaits extradition to the U.S.
Emma Coronel Aispura, a former beauty queen and a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico, spent several days in Washington, where she held a meeting at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization for American States.
A spokeswoman for the commission, Maria Isabel Rivero, confirmed the meeting with Aispuro but, citing privacy issues, would not discuss the purpose or details of the visit.
"Every single person who asks for a meeting at the IACHR is received under rules of confidentiality for the security of the persons involved," she said.
U.S. officials questioned Coronel during her entry and departure from the U.S. as part of the customs process, according to a U.S. official. But the dual U.S. and Mexican citizen is not charged with any crimes, so she was allowed to enter and leave.
Andres Granados, an attorney for Guzman, told CNN in a telephone interview that the purpose of Coronel's visit was to file a petition with human rights commission and to seek an investigation into the conditions of his imprisonment in Mexico.
In February, Coronel told Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo she feared for her husband's life in Mexico's Altiplano prison, saying, "They want to make him pay for his escape."
"They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are," Coronel said. "They are there with him, watching him in his cell. They don't let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the restroom."
Mexican authorities, citing security concerns, have since moved Guzman to a prison in Juarez, Mexico, near the U.S. border.
Granados says Coronel noticed being followed during her visit by what she assumes to be U.S. government agents.
"That's how it is for her, she knows they always have her under surveillance," Granados told CNN.
Coronel, more than 20 years Guzman's junior, met the drug kingpin when she was just 17, in 2007, and they were married the following year. She gave birth to twin daughters in Lancaster, California, in 2011. She was with her husband when he was arrested in the Mexican resort town of Mazatlan in 2014.
Note: This commission has been accessed by multiple persons from Mexico, including priests and those representing autodefensas.
Including those on behalf of: Autodefensa leaders, Dr. Manuel Mireles, Nestora Salgado, and those on behalf of Arturo Hernandez Cordona, and 7 other social activists.
On May 30, 2013, Arturo was tortured and murdered by Iguala infamous mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, who shot Hernandez in the leg and head. Abarca was made famous in the September 2014 massacre and disappearance of 50 in Iguala, Guerrero. Despite the sworn testimony of witnesses who managed to flee before being murdered. Abarca was not prosecuted/charged for the crime until he was arrested for the Normalists killings.
On May 29, 2013 Hernandez and other activists attended a public meeting and challenged the mayor Abarca and his wife with several complaints, which infuriated them. Abarca said in the open forum “stop fucking around with me, I have people that work for me, that can take care of this”. Hernandez responded with , “what do you mean, take care of this? That sounds like a threat to me”. The activists were kidnapped and killed the following day. According to witnesses, Abarca said before finishing the killing, “I told you to stop fucking with me, now I will have pleasure in killing you.” He then pulled the trigger discharging the bullet that ended Hernandez life, read the story by using this link.
Also noteworthy is that Chapo’s wife began the campaign of alleged human rights violations immediately after his recapture and imprisonment in Altiplano No1. This is when she came from the shadows and began giving interviews. The list of alleged violations cited by Coronel was long, even blaming the federal government of being the cause of Chapo’s high blood pressure, “no family history of this aliment exists, it has been brought on by the pressure he is under”.
He was then transferred to a Juarez prison (No. 8).
Within weeks, Coronel was complaining about the human violations and conditions at that prison. Chapo had a request, “to be sent back to Altiplano.”
That Coronel and the Chapo machine would conspire to spend days with the commission, to air his "abuses", such as "not being able to get much sleep", and "a guard dog sits outside his cell", is a mockery.