The US Government has requested to dismiss several charges of drug trafficking against the Mexican Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán with a view to accelerating the trial against him, scheduled for November 5 and in which he will also face life imprisonment.
The federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York presented the request for dismissal of different charges last Friday, which was communicated today by one of the lawyers of El Chapo, Eduardo Balarezo.
According to the lawyer, the prosecution has filed that petition because it has no evidence against it to support the accusations of distributing six different amounts of cocaine in the US, some of more than 1,000 kilograms, on different dates.
It was also requested to dismiss the charge against him for maintaining a criminal enterprise.
"They are dismissing these issues because they have no evidence," said the lawyer, who explained that the New York judge handling the case, Brian Cogan, will be able to respond to the prosecution even on the same day as the start of the trial, which could last several months.
The alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel was extradited to the United States in January 2017 after escaping twice from Mexican prisons and is also facing life imprisonment for drug trafficking.
Guzman, who was initially presented with 17 counts, is kept alone under extreme security measures in a federal prison in Manhattan.
According to Balarezo, his client has already been informed of the action of the prosecution, so he is "happy" that it is recognized that they have no evidence and "ready to defend themselves" in the trial, which will begin with the selection of the jury .
Judge Cogan already informed in his day that the trial against El Chapo could be extended up to three months.
"The dismissal of these charges by the Government confirms that the Government cooked up charges against Joaquín," Balarezo told Efe.