Prisoner 3870, alias 'El Chapo,' appears in rare Mexican video
Clad in a beige uniform marked “3870,” the captured drug kingpin answered the Mexican prison guard’s questions calmly, barely looking up as he scrubbed black fingerprint ink from his hands.
Alias? “El Chapo.” Occupation? “Farmer.”
The interview is part of a four-year-old video released this week which appears to offer rare footage of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, who is now under lock and key for life at a top-security U.S. prison.
Obtained by news site Latinus, the seven-minute video and accompanying photos show Mexican law enforcement registering a man matching the appearance of Guzman at the Altiplano prison in 2016.
The man in the images has the same haircut, features and build as Guzman on the day of his arrest, and his prison clothes and haircut match later images of the gangster behind bars.
Guzman’s arrest followed two earlier escapes - one via a mile-long tunnel from the same jail - that had humiliated the Mexican government.
It was not immediately clear how Latinus obtained the video, or why it surfaced now. Mexico’s security ministry did not respond to a request for comment on its authenticity, which Reuters was unable to independently confirm.
Juan Pablo Badillo, a lawyer for Guzman in Mexico since 2014, said his impression was that the video appeared in line with the facts of what happened that day.