Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called the jail conditions of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman inhumane, while vowing to bring down violence stemming from drug violence.
Guzman was on Wednesday sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years by a judge in the United States. A jury found him guilty in February after an 11-week trial.
Lopez Obrador said at a conference that sentences like the one for El Chapo – “a sentence for life in a hostile jail, hard, inhumane” – made a life no longer worth living.
He did, however, call Guzman out for his murderous ways and drug-fueled life of crime.
“It’s something very painful,” said López Obrador, adding that had “many victims in mind.”
López Obrador told reporters that he hoped Guzman’s harsh sentence would lead to less violence in Mexico.
“We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will decline,” he said. “We will continue to create a better society, supported by values, that is not based on accumulating material wealth, money or luxury.”
Guzman will spend the rest of his life in Colorado’s supermax prison after being convicted of drug-trafficking charges.