El Chapo ‘trial of century’ to begin amid tight security after Mexican cartel boss ‘promises not to have any jurors killed’

JURORS are set to arrive under armed guard today to a New York courthouse as the trial for world notorious drug lord begins.

But any nervous jury members can maybe rest assured as El Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, known for liquidating anyone who crosses him, has vowed not to slaughter

them.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman will finally face justice today as the case against him opens
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will finally face justice today as the case against him opens
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El Chapo’s stay of execution promise came via his defence attorney who had opposed keeping the jury anonymous, claiming it would unfairly foster an impression his client was a dangerous man.

Last week at least one juror was known to have quit after she told the judge she was scared El Chapo’s family would come after her.

But elaborate procedures are in place to protect their identity and they are to be brought to and from court each day under armed guard.

Today they will hear the sinister saga surrounding the world’s – and history’s – most prolific mobster as a three month trial costing about £38million gets underway.

Police guard the courthouse of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York when El Chapo appeared last Monday
Police guard the courthouse of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York when El Chapo appeared last Monday
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Police guard the courthouse of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York when El Chapo appeared last Monday
Police will be out in force in the area surrounding the court 
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The evidence will include the testimony of more than a dozen cooperating witnesses who prosecutors say are risking retribution by taking the stand.

There also will be evidence about multiple savage murders committed in drug wars in Mexico, where victims would be tortured and dismembered in so-called “murder houses” and dumped in public places a warning to others.

Elaborate cocaine smuggling techniques will be outlined as well as El Chapo brazen escapes from jail.

El Chapo escaped Mexican prison on a motorbike through a tunnel in 2014 but was caught in 206 and extradited to the US to go on trial

Because of his tendency to escape he is under massive guard and the court in Brooklyn and surrounding area will be under complete lockdown.

It is unclear whether he will be travel to the court from his high security prison in Lower Manhattan.

This would involve closing the busy Brooklyn Bridge during rush hour to allow his guarded motorcade to pass through or by taking him by helicopter.

But it may be that he is being kept in a special cell below the courthouse because during his appearance last week at a jury selection session there was no sign he had been taken by land or air.  

Heavily armed federal officers and bomb-sniffing dogs will be seen patrolling outside and airport security will be enforced in all parts of the building to detect anyone carrying weapons.

Mexico's drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stands for his prison mug shot
The trial of the century… the case against Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will be one of the most expensive ever carried out in the US
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A boy plays with a toy gun near the crime scene where a man was shot dead in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, where El Chapo's cartel still rules the roost
A boy plays with a toy gun near the crime scene where a man was shot dead in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, where El Chapo’s cartel still rules the roost
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One of 15 decapitated bodies were found dumped in next to a shopping mall with messages signed by El Chapo
One of 15 decapitated bodies were found dumped in next to a shopping mall with messages signed by El Chapo

The cartel boss’ arrest and extradition to New York City shook up Mexico’s drug underworld and remains a big story there.

He could face life in prison if convicted of drug-trafficking charges.

But His lawyers say he’s being framed by the cooperators.


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