Mexican president to help El Chapo's sisters visit him in US

Mexican president to help El Chapo's sisters visit him in US
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he will help the sisters of the drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán visit their brother, who is incarcerated in the United States.

López Obrador said he has directed Mexican officials to help the women after receiving a letter from Guzmán's mother seeking legal help for her son and permission for his family to visit him.

“Like any mother, she was asking me to help her son,” López Obrador told reporters at a press conference, according to Reuters.

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“I gave instructions to facilitate everything so the sisters can go to the United States, and to help them in accordance with the law, and the rules of that country so they can visit him, or be in contact,” he said.

Guzmán was found guilty earlier this month on drug trafficking, weapons and money laundering charges. 

He gained notoriety after he escaped twice from maximum security prison in Mexico. 

Guzmán has not yet been sentenced but could face life without parole for an organized crime conviction, and up to seven life sentences for the drug convictions. The government will also seize many of his assets. 

López Obrador was elected president of Mexico in July and took office in December.