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USA: Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to life in prison

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York City on Wednesday, after being found guilty of 10 federal charges. He was also given an additional 30 years in jail following a request by US prosecutors.

Guzman can still appeal the decision. The Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, Brian Allen Benczkowski, said the verdict had delivered “justice.”

“Mr Guzman thought for more than 25 years that he was untouchable; that there was no problem affecting the Sinaloa cartel; that he could bribe, intimidate, torture, or kill his way out of it,” he said.

Speaking to the press after the decision, the defence attorney Jeff Lichtman accused the trial of being a “fiction” and a “show trial.”

“They’ve been looking for his assets for how long? Decades? They found, right now, before they get to 12.7 million; how did the get to dollar one? When they get to dollar one, wake me up. Right now they’re at zero,” said Lichtman.

Guzman faced a long list of charges, including the shipping of cocaine to the United States, conspiring to manufacture and distribute heroin and other drugs, and ordering of killings. His convictions were also centered around his leadership of the Sinaloa cartel, which dominates the drug trade in Mexico.

According to reports, Guzman will be transported to a a supermax federal prison in Colorado.

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