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Federal prosecutors want ‘El Chapo’ to appear for next hearing by video conference

January 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal prosecutors want ‘El Chapo’ to appear for next hearing by video conference

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U.S. federal prosecutors are taking no chances for the next court hearing of Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who has twice managed to pull off two prison escapes, according to multiple media reports.

Brooklyn Federal Prosecutors asked the court to allow the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Federation Cartel, to appear for his next hearing on February 3rd via video conference instead of in person, Proceso reported.

The Mexican News publication reported that the federal district court judge, overseeing ‘El Chapo’s’ case could be inclined to allow Guzman to appear by video transmission because the court hearing “will be brief and substantive” and to “minimize disruption” caused by the physical transport” of the drug lord.

However, multiple press outlets in Mexico reported the news as the US government taking extra security measures to prevent the evasive kingpin from fleeing, as he did twice from prisons in Mexico in 2001 and 2015.

‘El Chapo’s’ defense team have until January 30th to oppose the prosecution’s request and on what legal grounds.

Guzman pleaded not guilty on Friday to a 17-count indictment on charges including racketeering, drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit murder, weapons violations, and money laundering among others.

During Friday’s hearing, his attorneys singled they may question the conditions their client is being detained along with the legality and the manner how his extradition from Mexico unfolded.

Guzman is currently housed at New York’s Metropolitan Corrections Center in downtown Manhattan under heavy security.

A senior law enforcement official told JammedUp News, Guzman’s trial could last several months. If convicted he faces a mandatory life sentence.

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