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USA: 'El Chapo' appears in court despite fears of 'disruption in physical transportation'01:36

USA: 'El Chapo' appears in court despite fears of 'disruption in physical transportation'

United States, New York City
February 4, 2017 at 05:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman appeared in person at a hearing at New York City's Eastern District Court on Friday. There was speculation as to whether Guzman would make an appearance after court officials' considered using a video link in order to "minimise disruption from physical transportation," reports claim.

Following the hearing, El Chapo's attorney, Michelle Gelernt, gave a press statement, saying "The government of the United States has asserted that the Mexican government signed a document, or prepared a document agreeing to allow Mr. Guzman to be charged in this district. However, we have not seen that document," calling into question the legitimacy of the trial.

Guzman is charged with smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine into the USA and faced charges at a hearing in Brooklyn earlier in the day, where he pleaded not guilty. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge, Angel Melendez, also said that Guzman had laundered the equivalent of the gross national product of many entire countries.

Guzman could face a mandatory life sentence of imprisonment if found guilty. Capers stated that El Chapo should be remembered as a criminal and not as a "Robin Hood" type figure.

El Chapo had been imprisoned before and escaped from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015.

USA: 'El Chapo' appears in court despite fears of 'disruption in physical transportation'01:36
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The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman appeared in person at a hearing at New York City's Eastern District Court on Friday. There was speculation as to whether Guzman would make an appearance after court officials' considered using a video link in order to "minimise disruption from physical transportation," reports claim.

Following the hearing, El Chapo's attorney, Michelle Gelernt, gave a press statement, saying "The government of the United States has asserted that the Mexican government signed a document, or prepared a document agreeing to allow Mr. Guzman to be charged in this district. However, we have not seen that document," calling into question the legitimacy of the trial.

Guzman is charged with smuggling over 200 tons of cocaine into the USA and faced charges at a hearing in Brooklyn earlier in the day, where he pleaded not guilty. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge, Angel Melendez, also said that Guzman had laundered the equivalent of the gross national product of many entire countries.

Guzman could face a mandatory life sentence of imprisonment if found guilty. Capers stated that El Chapo should be remembered as a criminal and not as a "Robin Hood" type figure.

El Chapo had been imprisoned before and escaped from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015.

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