© Montage - Mexican beauty queen and wife Emma Coronel Aispuro, and drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman

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In a interview, Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, tells how she knows her husband only to be a kind, gentle man and she now fears, while in captivity, his life is in danger.

Since his recapture last month, Guzman has been in solitary confinement. Aispuro said she has only seen him once – for 15 minutes – since he has been back in custody. He was completely shackled and handcuffed during the visit, with guards close by. She claims her 58-year-old husband is “slowly being tortured” and his blood pressure is dangerously high.

“They want to make him pay for his escape.They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are. They are there with him, watching him in his cell. They are right there, all day long, calling attendance. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy.”

Aispuro said Guzman, who last escaped from a maximum security facility through a mile-long tunnel dug beneath the shower in his cell, is not even provided privacy while using the restroom.”

Aispuro said she is “afraid for his life.”