Tuesday 22 October 2019

Jury selected for US trial of Mexican ‘drug lord’ known as El Chapo

Joaquin Guzman has been held in strict confinement after twice escaping from prisons in Mexico.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted from a plane (AP)
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted from a plane (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A jury has been picked for the US trial of the alleged Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

Seven women and five men were selected as jurors in the case against Joaquin Guzman.

The trial is set to begin on November 13 with opening statements in US federal court in Brooklyn.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges, including overseeing a violent drug cartel known for violence and escaping Mexican jails twice.

Brooklyn Federal Courthouse where the trial will be held (Mark Lennihan/AP)

His notoriety has prompted security measures that include keeping the jurors anonymous.

Guzman also has been held in solitary confinement and barred from having visits from his wife.

This week, a defence lawyer asked the judge to allow Guzman’s wife to embrace him in court before opening statements.

The judge has not ruled on that.

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