Conviction of Mexican drug trafficker “El Chapo” confirmed
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A New York court has denied the appeal of famous Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, co-founder of the Sinaloa cartel who was sentenced in 2019 to life in prison.

In the 44-page court decision, released this Tuesday by the AFP agency, Judge Jon Newman pointed out that the ten arguments raised by “El Chapo” must be rejected and his conviction confirmed.

Considered at the time as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had been convicted in 2019 of transporting at least 1,200 tons of cocaine into the United States over a quarter of a century, in addition to illegal use. of firearms and money laundering.

The notorious drug dealer was sentenced to life in prison, with a symbolic sentence of an additional 30 years in prison, for use of automatic weapons.

During the trial, the prosecution showed that the Mexican, now 64, had ordered the murder or sentenced to death at least 26 people, sometimes after being tortured.

Among these were informants, traffickers from rival organizations, police, collaborators, and even family members.

As main arguments for the appeal, the lawyers of “El Chapo” questioned his conviction because one of the jurors confided that he had learned of the elements of the case through the media during the trial.

The defense also argued that the Mexican’s total isolation since his extradition to the United States in January 2017 had prevented him from preparing his defense.

“El Chapo”, who is still known for his spectacular escape from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015, is being held in a high-security prison in the state of Colorado, in the western United States.

The drug dealer’s wife, Ema Coronel Aispuro, was sentenced in late November to three years in prison by a US court in Washington, after admitting in June to having collaborated with her husband.

Source: with agencies

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