El Chapo is insane in jail and needs a shrink, according to lawyers who say the drug lord cannot remember people or places and has a constant ringing in his ears because of poor prison conditions
- El Chapo's lawyers filed a motion in court on Friday demanding he see a doctor
- They say his mental health has 'deteriorated' in the last month as a result of jail conditions
- He is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Manhattan
- The 60-year-old's lawyers say he has memory loss, headaches and a sore throat
- They say it may be lead to him being deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial
- Chapo is due to go to trial in April 2018 for charges relating to the drug empire he ran between 1984 and 2014
- He was captured in Mexico in January 2016 six months after escaping from prison
- In January this year, El Chapo was extradited to the US and put in jail
El Chapo's lawyers claim he is losing his mind in prison and are demanding that he be able to see a doctor.
The 60-year-old Mexican drug lord is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in downtown Manhattan where he is in constant solitary confinement.
His attorneys claim the notoriously harsh conditions there have left him with a ringing in his ears, a sore throat and mental health problems.
They say that in the last month, he has forgotten people and places and claim that staff at the prison treat him unfairly by not allowing him to buy bottled water or batteries for his radio.
El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, has been in the prison since January, a year after he was sensationally recaptured in Mexico.
In January 2016, he was recaptured after spending six months on the run having escaped from Mexico's toughest prison through a tunnel which led to the shower in his cell.
Once he arrived at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in January this year, he was placed under 'special administrative measures' in the prison.
He is due to stand trial in April 2018 but his attorneys say his 'deteriorating mental condition' may render him incompetent.
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El Chapo, 60, (pictured as he was extradited to the US from Mexico in January) is going insane in jail, according to his lawyers
Guzman faces 17 federal charges relating to the drug enterprise he ran as the head of the Sinaloa cartel between the 1980s and when he was caught.
His capture in 2016 came after a now famous interview with American actor Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo who visited him in the Sinaloa mountains at one of his safe houses while he was still on the run.
Their meeting was the subject of a recent Netflix documentary in which Del Castillo, 40, told how she fell in love with Penn while they worked together to meet Chapo and was devastated when he betrayed her to write an article about it for Rolling Stone.
In a court filing on Friday, his attorneys say they are growing increasingly concerned about his mental health.
'Counsel has noticed that Mr. Guzman has begun repeating himself often and sometimes forgetting what the discussion is about.
'It is plain to the defense team that something is not right with Mr. Guzman,' they said in the filing which was obtained by ABC.
The drug baron is being held in special conditions at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in downtown Manhattan where he is not allowed outside and is in solitary confinement
The drug lord, whose real name is Joaquin Guzmán Loera, was recaptured in Mexico in January 2016 (above) six months after escaping from prison for the second time
They demanded that he be looked over by a neuro-psychologist and said that if his condition deteriorates, he may not be fit to stand trial.
El Chapo is Mexico's most notorious drug baron.
He operated the Sinaloa cartel for decades, evading capture by the country's law enforcement, and became a hero for local communities who saw him as a Robin Hood figure who looked out for them more than their government did.
He was first incarcerated in the 1990s. In 2001, he bribed guards in a prison in Jalisco to help him escape.
El Chapo then spent more than a decade on the run before being recaptured in 2014.
He was only in bars for another year then escaped for a second time to the humiliation of Mexican authorities in July 2015.
By the time of his second escape, he had already struck up a rapport with telenovela actress Kate Del Castillo.
Once out on the run, El Chapo's lawyers contacted her and asked if she would like to meet him to make a movie about his life. They signed over the rights to her as a show of good faith.
El Chapo escaped from the Almoloya prison in Mexico in July 2015 through a hole in his shower which led to an underground tunnel
While on the run, he met with Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo at a safe house. Penn wrote a Rolling Stone article about the meeting and Castillo planned to make a movie about his life, with his permission. Days after this photograph was taken, a raid on the property days later caused him to flee again. It is thought the pair were under surveillnce by Mexican officials
In January 2016, five months after breaking out of prison and three months after his meeting with Penn and Del Castillo, El Chapo was captured at this house in Los Michos
El Chapo was the head of the Sinaloa cartel between the 1980s and until he was caught. He is pictured in 1993 (left) after his first arrest and in 2014 (right) when he was recaptured after escaping from jail in 2001
Del Castillo, eager to find success in Hollywood, brought Sean Penn in on the venture and the pair traveled to Sinaloa to meet with El Chapo in October 2015.
They were being monitored by the Mexican government at the time and days later, a SWAT team went to the location where they had met to try to find him but he escaped.
In the recently released Netflix documentary, The Day I Met El Chapo, Castillo tells how Penn blindsided her during the meeting by asking El Chapo for an interview for Rolling Stone.
He then appeared in an extraordinary video at Penn's behest to prove he was alive and that their correspondence was genuine.
Before Rolling Stone published the piece, Chapo was recaptured in another location. Five men died in the shoot-out.
Officials have since spoken anonymously to say intelligence honed in on the safe house by monitoring the construction of a tunnel there in the days before he arrived.
On the night of his capture, they said a large taco order to the address gave them reason to believe he was there.
Penn insists he never tipped off authorities about his meeting and tried to block the Netflix documentary for coming out because he felt it suggested he was complicit.
Despite the fact that El Chapo was ultimately captured at a house which neither Penn nor Castillo ever visited, Mexican authorities said their meeting and correspondence with him and his associated helped them.
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