Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman appealed to the life imprisonment that the US court declared a year ago for smuggling hundreds of tons of drugs into the country.
Guzman’s lawyer Marc Fernich filed an appeal with the District Two Court of Appeal in New York on the evening of September 4. Guzman, the 62-year-old former leader of the Mexican drug gang Sinaloa, was convicted last year on charges of selling hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana.
Another Guzman’s lawyer, Mariel Colon Miro, told AFP on September 5 that the original ruling should be canceled because one of the jurors said he and others had sought information on the case through. media and social media during the trial. This action is forbidden.
Drugs Guzman when he was escorted to the Ministry of Justice in Mexico City in January 2016. Photo: Reuters.
Guzman is held in solitary confinement in one of the highest security prisons in the US in Colorado. Miro said that Guzman’s complete isolation since he was extradited to the US in January 2017 prevented the drug lord from coordinating his defense both before and after the trial.
“We are very optimistic that something positive will come,” Miro said, hoping a new trial will be held.
Under Guzman’s leadership, his gang empire expanded globally, extending tentacles stretching from the Americas to Europe and Asia. He escaped from prison twice. In his second escape in 2015, Guzman escaped using a 1.5-kilometer tunnel that began in the cell’s bathroom.
Mexican Marines arrested Guzman six months later in January 2016. He was extradited to the US in 2017, ending decades-long “cat and mouse” with authorities.