Translated from Zeta Nov 16, 2016 by Luis Carlos Sainz
Main Capos of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) Demand Changes in Family and Conjugal Visits and Access to their Lawyers….
Measures implemented to restrict the number of visits prisoners can receive and regulate access to their lawyers have caused discomfort among prisoners incarcerated at the maximum security prison, Almoloya of Juarez, and some have filed formal requests demanding that their rights be reinstated.
The “guaranteed judgements” are being promoted by: Hector “El Guero” Palma, Miguel “Z-40″Trevino Morales, Servando “El Tuta” Gomez Martinez, Hector “El H” Beltran Leyva, Edgar Coronel Aispuro, Gastelum Orso Ivan ” El Cholo Ivan” and Mario Cardenas Guillen, among others.
“Z-40″, Trevino Morales was one of the first to voice dissatisfaction with the administrative changes at the Federal Center for Social Readaptation No 1 Altiplano drawn up by the Technical Committee of the prison establishment. “Z-40″ complains that written orders restricts his access to his concubine.
The former leader of “Los Zetas” noted in his complaint that he was informed by prison personnel that his conjugal visits would no longer be every fortnight and that they were acting upon orders given. He also added to his complaint the refusal of authorities to allow him access to his attorneys.
This motion was seconded by Maria Cruz Santana on behalf of “El H” Beltran Leyva who complains of suffering isolation, segregation and psychological torture. Norma Maya did the same on behalf of the former leader of the Knight Templars, “El Tuta” Servando Gomez Martinez for these same acts and timing changes to his familial and conjugal visits.
A former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Hector “El Guero” Palma Salazar, made claims of “acts of torture and solitary confinement” and complains of not being able to meet with his advocates. Meanwhile, Mario Cardenas Guillen of the Gulf Cartel complains of canceled regular appointments with his lawyers and being secreted in a punishment cell where he remains 24 hours a day.
Hitman “El Cholo Ivan” Ivan Avila Gastelum and Edgar Coronel Aispuro , who is imprisoned for coordinating the escape of his brother in law Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from this same prison added to the demands of the others: “restriction to the use of the dining area, discrimination, unequal treatment, restriction of sporting events, segregation, psycological torture and ill treatment.”
The leader of the Guerreros Unidos Cartel, Gilardo Lopez Astudillo “El Gil” , who was arrested in connection with the disappearance of the 43 Normalista Student of Ayotzinapa and hitman Esteban Ortiz Coronel added their complaints: prohibition of attending activities and /or services/ therapies such as play, drawing, literature, library access, and physical education. They also denounce the cutting off of electricity, and the plundering of television sets and hearing aids.
A lawsuit filed by Rosario Guadalupe Almada on behalf of Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez “El Pelos”, a former member of the Sinaloa Cartel operating in the state of Sonora, states that “El Pelos” Ramirez is often forced to eat in unsanitary conditions outside of the designated dining area.
Other prisoners also submitted complaints to the judiciary regarding violations of their rights at the Altiplano Prison committed by Officers of the Establishment and Administrative Body of Prevention and Rehabilitation (OADPRES). Those officers are:Marcelino Ticante Castro, Alejandro Yocupicio Castro, Jorge Banales Picazo, and Andres Martinez Alcazar.
The judges who heard the various complaints granted the plaintiffs a “stay” : ruling for the immediate ceasing of the activities aforementioned; especially highlighting that no motive exists for the suspension of communications or restrictions regarding access to their families or attorneys.
The Federal Courts of Mexico will review the greater number of complaints in the coming hours, especially of the prisoners in Altiplano Prison who are in the Center for Observation and Classification (COC) and the Special Treatment program.