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Chapo's lawyers seek visa so mother can visit him in US prison

AFP  |  Mexico City 

Lawyers for accused Mexican said Thursday they have asked for help obtaining a humanitarian visa for his mother so she can visit him in prison in the

Guzman is currently on trial in New York, charged with trafficking 155 tonnes of cocaine into the as of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

"We have asked (the Mexican to petition US authorities) for a humanitarian visa for Guzman's mother, Maria Consuelo, his sister and his other sister Bernarda," Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza, one of Guzman's many lawyers, told journalists outside the foreign ministry in City.

"His mother is getting on in years -- she's over 80 -- and is in delicate health and wants to see her son."

Guzman, 61, was extradited to the in 2017 after staging two spectacular prison breaks in

He is being held in solitary confinement in a federal prison, where the only people currently allowed to visit him -- separated by a pane of glass -- are his lawyers.

Guzman's attorneys also said they were contesting his extradition as illegal and said his rights have been violated, alleging irregularities in his trial.

Four Guzman supporters demonstrated nearby with signs reading, "Chapo, we love you!" and "Chapo, the people support you." Guzman faces life in prison if convicted.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 04:50 IST