Tuesday 13 November 2018

Jury selected for U.S. trial of alleged Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo'

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman (AP)
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman (AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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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