Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in a file photo. Officials have claimed that the Friday attack on military convoy was carried out by Guzman's sons Reuters

The wife of notorious drug lord, Joaquin Guzman AKA El Chapo, has said that he thinks he will be dead by December as he complains about health problems in prison. Guzman is currently under constant supervision in prison in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, after previously escaping twice from high security facilities.

In an interview with Milenio TV, Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, said that her husband was worsening more and more each time she visits and demanded that he be treated "humanely" and "like any other inmate".

Colonel has recently complained to the National Human Rights Commission about Guzman's treatment. Her complaint said "he hasn't been informed about any activities he could do in the jail, nor has anyone devised a plan of activities to match his needs, preferences and skills."

Guzman's lawyer said that the cartel leader "does not want a five-star hotel, he doesn't want a spa, he just wants to be treated like a human being," reported the BBC. An appeal against Guzman's extradition to the US was rejected by a Mexican judge last week, with officials saying he could be in America by February.

Leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman faces a number of charges in the US for smuggling huge amounts of drugs into the country. Guzman was originally imprisoned in Mexico for 20 years in 1993 but first escaped in 2001, spending 13 years on the run before his recapture in 2014.

In 2015, he then escaped a second time, through a 1.5km tunnel. After a shootout with the Mexican Navy's Special Forces, Guzman was recaptured again in the city of Los Mochis in early 2016.