The highly-anticipated trial of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman started this week in Brooklyn, New York.

‘El Chapo’ – which means ‘Shorty’ – was arrested whereas on the run in January 2016, after escaping from jail for the second time in his profession.

The bloody crimes of the 61-year-old drug trafficker have lengthy been recognized, however explosive new allegations are coming to mild. Just one week in to what’s anticipated to be a 4 month lengthy trial, witnesses have already shed an entire new mild on the internal workings of Guzman and the Sinaloa cartel. 

Listed here are a number of the key moments from this week’s trial: 

Day one of many listening to was delayed as a consequence of a jury member being excused. Amid extraordinary safety measures, one of many 12 jurors – all of whom will stay nameless, was excused as a consequence of alleged anxiousness.

In his opening assertion, Guzman’s defence lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, stated his shopper was not the actual chief of the Sinaloa Cartel and shifted blame onto Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, one other reputed drug trafficker within the cartel’s management. Zambada stays on the free in Mexico, Mr Lichtman claimed, due to bribes that “go as much as the very high,” together with tons of of hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to the present and former presidents of Mexico.

A spokesman for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto known as the allegations “utterly false and defamatory.” Former President Felipe Calderon dismissed them as “completely false and reckless.”

The jury was proven a video of the tunnel that was allegedly used to smuggle cocaine, marijuana, meth and heroin.

The tunnel was half the size of a soccer discipline and large enough that a 5-foot-Eight inch man barely needed to decrease his head to stroll by means of it. It had electrical lights and a hydraulic system to raise away flooring that was coated by a pool desk. Authorities say tons of cocaine had been rolled by means of on carts. 

Defence legal professionals declare Guzman is being framed. 

Jesus ‘El Rey’ Zambada, appeared as a authorities witness to testify towards Guzman.

‘El Rey’ is the youthful brother of Guzman’s longtime accomplice within the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada. In his prolonged testimony, ‘El Rey’ informed the court docket his brother labored with ‘El Chapo’ and others to type the Sinaloa cartel, smuggling tons of medicine from Mexico to the US.

Within the 4 hour testimony, Zambada additionally stated his brother and Guzman used armies of assassins to homicide their enemies, Vice reported.

Zambada spoke at size concerning the violent battle between the Sinaloa cartel and the Tijuana cartel. ‘El Rey’ stated the rival gang led by brothers Benjamin and Ramon Arellano-Felix, began the struggle by refusing to share their territory, based on Vice.

Zambada additionally spoke concerning the killing of Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo in 1993. He claimed that Arellano Felix, a rival drug trafficker to Guzman from the Tijuana drug cartel, killed the cardinal at an airport in Guadalajara whereas attempting to homicide Joaquin Guzman, The New York Instances reviews

In his opening assertion, Guzman’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman claimed El Chapo was framed for the killing, “very probably by the Mexican authorities.”

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