Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Within Hours Of His Sentencing, El Chapo Was Whisked Away To Supermax

Within Hours Of His Sentencing, El Chapo Was Whisked Away To Supermax

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday blasted Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's life sentence as "inhumane" - echoing comments made by the convicted druglord himself.

Guzman will spend the rest of his days in lock-up in the United States after a judge sentenced him to life in prison, plus 30 years.

The 'El Chapo Act, ' also known as H.R. 2186, suggests that the forfeited profits of Guzman's illicit drug trafficking enterprise be reserved for border security measures between the United States and Mexico, including the completion of a wall. Cogan last month rejected Guzman's request for more time to exercise on the jail's roof after prosecutors said that would risk an escape. The guilty verdict in February at Guzman's 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Before he was finally captured in 2016, Guzman twice escaped maximum-security prisons in Mexico.

He did, however, call Guzman out for his murderous ways and drug-fueled life of crime. After an 11-week trial, a USA jury in February found Guzman guilty of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana and engaging in murder conspiracies as a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico's most treacherous drug trafficking groups.

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is never going back home to Sinaloa. He amassed power during the 1990s and 2000s through often-bloody wars with rivals, eventually becoming the Sinaloa Cartel's best-known leader. If we can find them and get our hands on the assets then I am all for it.

In the USA, prosecutors asked a judge to seize his fortune.

"My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching", Guzman said in court through an interpreter.

He famously gave an interview to American actor Sean Penn while he was a fugitive, hiding in the mountains after accomplices built a long tunnel to help him escape from a Mexican prison.

The convicted Mexican drug lord was forced to immediately depart for the highest security prison in the serve his term, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

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