[WORLD NEWS ★★]
CHAPO GUZMAN WANTS TO BE SENT TO THE US
(P1) After his escape from Mexico’s most secure prison, his CONTROVERSIAL meeting with actors Sean Penn and Kate Castillo, and his recapture, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman of the Sinaloa CARTEL says he will not fight EXTRADITION, and in fact wants the U.S. to take him as quickly as possible.
(P2) Guzman’s ATTORNEY, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, says it is because of the TORTURE suffered by Chapo in Mexico that he will TAKE HIS CHANCES with the U.S. prison system.
(P3) “He asked me to EXPEDITE the extradition, because the situation in Mexico is INTOLERABLE, and he can no longer stand living here”, says Rodriguez. “Extradition takes time, and the fear is that under the conditions Chapo faces in Altiplano prison, he may die before extradition is granted.”
(P4) “For him, extradition is a way to escape the TORMENT of his TREATMENT while in prison.”
(P5) Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel claims that the Mexican government intends to kill Chapo after he reveals “all he knows.” She said that she and her daughters are American citizens. She intends to follow Chapo to the United States when he is extradited.
(P6) The chief of Mexican federal prisons, Eduardo Guerrero Duran, denied that Guzman is being subjected to a VIOLATION of his human rights, although he admitted that the prisoner is awakened every four hours to confirm his presence.
(P7) “We must be aware that he has escaped twice from a high security prison, and we will not let it happen a third time”, Guerrero said in an interview.
(P8) Guzman’s attorney Rodriguez said that the US authorities will present new charges against “El Chapo” in the District Courts of New York and Chicago. He would most likely be sent to one of those two states rather than California and Texas.
(P9) Guzman’s legal team wants to NEGOTIATE “a REASONABLE SENTENCE” and imprisonment at a medium-security prison. But the US government is likely to insist that Guzman serve his time at the Florence, Colorado “Supermax” prison.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Chapo Guzman is like a modern Al Capone, the famous Chicago crime boss of the 1930s and 1930s. Who are the most famous criminals from your country?
- Does your country have any prisons that are NOTORIOUS for their HARSH conditions?
- Why do crime bosses often have GLAMOROUS wives?
- Chapo Guzman is a very popular figure in his home state of Sinaloa. Why would a crime boss be popular with the public?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Take your chances