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El Chapo will appear in person in Brooklyn federal court

February 1, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A NYPD emergency unit detail arrive for a convoy carrying Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his Brooklyn Federal Court following his arraignment, Friday Jan. 20, 2017, in New York.

The Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, better known as “El Chapo,” is scheduled to make an in-person appearance in Brooklyn’s federal court on Friday.

This is a change as a federal judge ruled last week that Guzman was ordered to appear in court via video rather than have marshals escort him to and from his high-security jail cell in Manhattan. However, his lawyers asked the judge for permission for him to make a personal appearance and a new order permitting him to attend the trial was issued.

Guzman has been charged with running one of the world’s biggest drug-trafficking operations that involved smuggling, brutality and corruption that led to a cocaine epidemic in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s that brought with it drug abuse and violence.

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The Mexican government agreed to hand Guzman over to the U.S. prosecutors after they agreed not to seek the death penalty. The government is seeking that he forfeit $14 billion in assets.

With information from the Associated Press.

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