translated from Spanish: Five keys to the trial of El Chapo Guzman

New York (EFE).-the Mexican Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as the El Chapo, which for a long time was one of the men most wanted by US considering it one of the most violent drug lords, will respond  on charges of drug trafficking in a federal court in New York.Estas are the five keys of a trial that may last more than three mes:extradicion: after having escaped in two occasions of maximum-security prisons in Mexico, El Chapo Guzman, which for two decades He led the Sinaloa Cartel, according to the authorities, was arrested in January 2016 in his country and extradited to the USA a year later thanks to the authorization of the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, on the condition that it not impose the death penalty.
Guzman, who battled legally to prevent his extradition, came to New York, one of the six jurisdictions of the USA claiming him, handcuffed and heavily escorted by agents of the drug enforcement agency (DEA) and the Department of Homeland Security in January 2017 in a military aircraft which landed at Long Island.Fue led, with a convoy of vehicles to the federal prison in Manhattan, confined in solitary and under extreme security measures which is since then. His lawyers believe that their rights are violated in the process of his extradition. CHARGES: The charges that the U.S. Government. UU accuses Guzman Loera, who was expert fleeing from the authorities and whose life has been carried on television, they are related to drug trafficking. They are eleven allegations and the main one is directing a criminal enterprise on an ongoing basis, that since 2003 there would be exported and distributed to U.S. 457 tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines. The prosecution will present evidence that the capo, which came to be in the list of the richest in Forbes magazine, is linked to dozens of killings as a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the main exporter of drug to the USA from agreement with the authorities , as a result of this criminal enterprise, the Chapo Guzmán has a fortune of more than 14,000 million dollars seeking to confiscate.

Arrest of Chapo Guzman in Mexico. Photo: Reform Government vs. Defense: the U.S. Government is represented in this investigation by a group of attorneys led by Andrea Goldbarg, of Argentine origin, of the Prosecutor’s office of the federal district for East New York, Brooklyn, an expert in how Mexico cartels, operate a «strict, studious and rigorous» woman with setting deadlines and procedures, according to his colleagues. Guzman represents him since a year ago Attorney based in Washington Eduardo Balarezo, an Ecuadorian born in Guayaquil but with four decades in the U.S. and had among its clients the Mexican drug trafficker Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, serving life imprisonment in USA after pleading guilty. His colleague in this case is the American Jeffrey Lichtman, who opened his office in New York in 1999, and is known especially for having achieved that John A. Gotti, son of the late leader Mafia family Gambino, John Gotti, esquivase jail by pleading null a ju service that was facing several charges by organized crime. In addition, Guzman has recruited attorneys William Purpura, who comes from the hand of Balarezo, and Marc Fernich, who formerly worked with Lichtman.

Elements of the Navy of Mexico kept to the Chapo. Photo: Reform jury: the jury selection, which begins tomorrow and can last several days, is listed as one of the highlights of this process since it will be out of the public eye, with a limited presence of members of the press in the room in the process. The elected members of the jury will be kept secret for their safety, since it fears for the revenge of the partners of the Chapo, a security practice not very common but used in other cases in different courts in the country. The judge in the case, Brian Cogan, said that because of the violence of the Chapo history will keep secret their names, workplace and directions, and that they will be protected by the court police armed and from their homes.

One of the last photos of «El Chapo». WITNESSES file photo: safety also extends to the witnesses of the Government, including free, subordinates or rivals of Guzman in his alleged drug empire, some of which comply with sentences in US prisons. UU and are kept in protected cells or are under the protection of witnesses, with new identity program. The US Government fears that acts of vengeance against them there are also since the tentacles of the Sinaloa Cartel extend far beyond the border of Mexico, by what the names of the witnesses are kept secret, although some documents public give clues about some of them.
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