A Mexican citizen was found lifeless in his cell at the Tacumbú prison, the main one in Paraguay, where he had remained for six years awaiting an oral trial after being accused of the alleged crime of possession and sale of drugsjudicial sources reported this Thursday.
The Minister of Justice, Daniel Benítez, confirmed to EFE the death of the Mexican, identified as Jimmy Gallien Córdova, 52 years old and a native of Guadalajara (Jalisco state), without specifying further details.
Newspaper versions indicated that the body showed no signs of violence.
Gallien, according to official records, had entered the penitentiary in December 2016, after being captured and sent by the National Anti-drug Secretariat (Senad).
Local media pointed out to Gallien of having ties to the Sinaloa cartel.
However, the lawyer Sandra Rodríguez assured, quoted by the newspaper ABC Colorthat there are no reports from Interpol or the Mexican Attorney General’s Office that “says that he was from the Sinaloa cartel.”
“In the accusation it does not say that, neither in the accusation, nor in the 48 intelligence reports that appear in the tax file,” he said.
The detainee had been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, considered a chronic form of arthritiswhich is why a corticosteroid was administered daily, the lawyer explained to ABC.
The defense had denounced last February that the foreigner “did not receive the corresponding medical attention” or a medication that he required, the newspaper indicated. Last minuteaccording to which Gallien suffered eye and lung complications, among others. EFE