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'El Chapo' Trial to Begin Monday

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    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman the day he was arrested. January 8, 2016. | Photo: efeservicios

Published 3 November 2018

The trial of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman begins Monday, despite a late appeal from the Mexican baron to have it postponed.

Despite a late appeal from Mexican cocaine king Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to have his trial postponed, he will take the stand Monday, in New York.


'El Chapo': US Trial Date Set for Notorious Mexican Drug Lord

"El Chapo" is being charged with distributing 155 tons of cocaine to the U.S. in the last 25 years, and could face life in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

In addition, he is charged with weapons possession and money laundering offenses.

The judicial process will last four months and be procided over by Judge Brian Cogan who could decide on life imprisonment for Guzman.

El Chapo's attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, said the trial will have "hundreds of witnesses," and said it will cost more than 50 million dollars, which catapults it as the most expensive trial in US history.

Guzman appealed to judge Cogan via letter, stating that he's too sick to stand trial, claiming, "I suffer from headaches every day, I vomit almost every day, I have not fixed two teeth and they hurt me a lot", insisting that the prison in which he is in "is torture 24 hours a day."

After over 20 years of escaping prisons, and avoiding permanent arrest, Guzman was found and detained by Mexican authorities in January 2016, and was extradited to the US.


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