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US judge delays ‘El Chapo’ trial two months to November

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The US judge overseeing the case against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, accused of running one of the world’s biggest drug empires, ordered Monday that his trial be delayed 60 days until November.

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Guzman’s lawyer Eduardo Balarezo requested a delay earlier this month, arguing that thousands of new documents produced by government lawyers would make it impossible to be ready in time.

Guzman, 61, is accused of running the Sinaloa crime syndicate and has been held in New York since being extradited to the United States on January 19, 2017, after twice escaping from prison in Mexico.

Handout picture released by the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) showing Mexico’s Attorney General, Arely Gomez (2-R) looking at the alleged end of the tunnel through which Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could have escaped from the Altiplano prison, at a house in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, on July 12, 2015. Guzman has escaped from a maximum-security prison, the government said Sunday, his second jail break in 14 years. The kingpin was last seen in the shower area of the Altiplano prison in central Mexico late Saturday before disappearing. “The escape of Guzman was confirmed”, the National Security Commission said in a statement. AFP PHOTO

He faces 17 charges. If convicted he is likely to spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison.

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