The family of ‘El Chapo’ thanks the Government of Mexico for releasing Ovidio Guzm á n

Tiroteo en la ciudad mexicana de Culiacán tras la detención y posterior liberación de un hijo de 'El Chapo'

Shooting in the Mexican city of Culiacán after the arrest and subsequent release of a son of 'El Chapo' – REUTERS / JESUS ​​BUSTAMANTE


The family of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán has thanked the Government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on Friday for releasing the son of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ovidio Guzmán, alias 'El Ratón', as reported by their lawyers.

The family of ‘El Chapo’ thanks the Government of Mexico for releasing Ovidio Guzm á n
The family of ‘El Chapo’ thanks the Government of Mexico for releasing Ovidio Guzm á n

“The president ordered that Ovidio Guzmán be released, which filled the relatives of 'El Chapo' with joy,” said José Luis González and Juan Pablo Badillo, lawyers of the capo, according to the newspaper 'El Sun of Mexico '.

Badillo said in a press conference that it was López Obrador himself who ordered the release of 'El Ratón', who was detained for five hours, as there were not enough elements for formal detention.

“It is not yet known exactly where Ovidio Guzmán was the five hours he was held, and I also ignore where he may be at this time,” they stressed.

In addition, both have assured that the family is grateful that the military who arrested Ovid Guzman did not commit abuses and have detailed that there was no negotiation with the Government for his release.

“We have a human president, a Christian president, a president who finally did not make the decision to harm Ovid,” Gonzalez said.

The lawyers have also stated that 'El Chapo' Guzmán, who is being held in a prison in the US state of Denver, learned of the arrest and subsequent release of his son Ovid by television in his cell.

“'El Chapo' already knows about the arrest and release of his son. On television he learns the information and he already knows from the jail that arrested and released his son,” they added.

However, López Obrador said on Friday that the decision to release Ovid Guzmán was taken “in a collegial way” by the “Security Cabinet”, made up of the Secretaries of Defense, Marine and Public Security.

The Mexican president has also defended that “the capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of other people.” “They made that decision and I supported it,” he stressed.

The events occurred on Thursday in the city of Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa (northwest). According to the initial version, a patrol of 30 members of the National Guard and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) was in routine control tasks when it was attacked from a home. Agents took control of the house and arrested four people, including Ovid Guzman, 'El Ratón'.

Groups of organized criminals “will surround the home with a force greater than that of the patrol.” “We made the decision to move to the city of Culiacán to personally conduct the corresponding actions,” Durazo said Thursday. However, the increasing violence forced the release of 'El Ratón' to “protect lives.” “There was a very violent reaction,” AMLO stressed.

López Obrador has already revealed this Friday that the operation “was carried out based on an arrest warrant for an alleged criminal” for “extradition purposes.” “They were not circumstances, it was a direct aggression for the capture of Ovid Guzman,” Durazo said, detailing that the arrest warrant comes from the United States.

The secretary of Defense, Luis Cresencio, has admitted that the Army and the National Guard acted “in a precipitous manner and with lack of planning.” Nine troops, including an officer, were injured and were detained, although shortly thereafter they were released.

In addition, seven people died in the operation to capture Ovid Guzman, including five aggressors, a civilian and a member of the National Guard, according to data from the Ministry of Security.

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