Mexico sees attempt to loosen security on “El Chapo”

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican army soldiers escort drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to a helicopter to be transported to a maximum security prison at Mexico’s Attorney General’s hangar, in Mexico City. Things were a lot different for Guzman the last time he was in prison, after being captured the second time in 2014. which according to a court filing shared by his lawyers, Guzman described as a relatively permissive environment with plenty of access by outside visitors and some freedom to move around. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is warning of a strategy by drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to try to loosen the security measures at the maximum-security prison where he has already escaped once.

National security commissioner Renato Sales told reporters Monday that recent statements made by an alleged daughter of Guzman to The Guardian newspaper that the government had betrayed him suggest a media strategy.

Sales said the allegations lacked proof and were only meant to delegitimize state institutions. He did not take questions.

Guzman was recaptured in January in the western state of Sinaloa after fleeing a safe house through a storm sewer. He had escaped from prison in July through a mile-long tunnel.

Since returning to prison Guzman has complained that guards do not let him sleep.

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