El Chapo says all he wants is a hug from his wife

Elias Hubbard
November 9, 2018

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City in 2016.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the woman who's stood behind through thick and thin, is at heart of the most recent court injunction in the US Government's federal case against extradited kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on charges of plotting the worldwide drug trade beyond Mexican borders.

The judge put off swearing in the jurors until next week out of concern some still might try to duck duty for a trial expected to last into next year.

The fan - whose identity is being withheld along with all potential jurors in the case - was born in Colombia and told the court during his interview that he was aware of drug trafficking because he was born in Medellin, the hometown of Colombian drug cartel chief Pablo Escobar.

A total of 10 potential jurors were excused from the case during the second day of jury selection in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

El Chapo has a simple request for the judge in his drug trial. he wants to hug his wife in the courtroom.

Several potential jurors who expressed security concerns were dismissed earlier this week, as was a man who admitted asking for Guzman's autograph and a Michael Jackson impersonator, for fear that he was too identifiable.

He told lawyers that one of the jurors, after learning she was picked, wept while privately telling him she was afraid of the unwanted attention she would get if it was found out she was on the panel.

The prosecution objected and the defence argued he should stay, but Cogan struck him. When asked why the man replied: "I'm a bit of a fan". Chapo laughed in response.

Cogan said the woman was anxious the strain would affect her mother's health, and excused her.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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