First day of the trial of "Chapo" Guzmán in New York

First day of the trial of "Chapo" Guzmán in New York

Accused of leading the largest drug cartel on the planet and sending more than 155 tons of cocaine to the United States for 25 years, the small, but feared Mexican narco chief Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman will be tried from Monday in New York under measures of maximum security.

Judge Brian Cogan rejected the defense's request to postpone the process in order to have more time to examine the substantial evidence.

The selection of the jury takes place this week, as planned, and on November 13 the initial statements will be heard. Their names will remain anonymous and will be escorted by sheriffs every day to court.

The VOA reporter, Laura Sepulveda, reports from the federal court in Brooklyn about the start of the process, this Monday. After 5:00 p.m (local time), the selection process of the 12 titular juries and 4 substitutes was still underway.

During the interviews, three people were dismissed because of their relationship or knowledge about the drug trafficking issue or because of fear of retaliation for having participated in the trial.

Guzmán has pleaded not guilty to allegations that his drug cartel laundered millions of dollars and was responsible for a long series of murders and kidnappings.

The trial could last about four months and will take place under intense security measures. It is expected that several government collaborators will testify about a long list of murders.

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