NEW YORK – Eduardo Balarezo, attorney for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, urged United States President Donald Trump on Thursday to do something to free his client who is detained and awaiting trial in New York on 17 counts accusing him of leading Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
In a message on his Twitter account, Balarezo wrote in reply to a tweet by Trump that it is “a total disgrace” that the US president “won’t release respected Mexican farmer ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, from prison.”
The lawyer argued that Guzman “has been held hostage far too long” and said that Trump “should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father.”
“He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!” he added.
In the original tweet, Trump called on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday to release Andrew Craig Brunson, a US Protestant pastor accused of terrorism in Turkey.
“A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long. @RT_Erdogan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The call was made on the same day that the Turkish courts decided to keep Brunson in preventive detention.
On Monday, a court in New York agreed to postpone the start of Guzman’s trial on drug trafficking charges for two months. It is now expected to begin on Sept. 5.
The decision came in response to a request presented on July 7 by Guzman’s defense “due to the prosecutor’s latest production of more than 117,000 recordings and thousands of other pages that must be reviewed to be ready” for the trial.
After hearing the decision, Balerazo said on Monday that Guzman is “highly disappointed” that his trial is put off for only two months, not five months.