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Garcia Luna’s trial will begin in the US this Monday, after the formation of the jury

NY. The jury for the trial of Genaro Garcia Luna is now set next Monday for Justice Department federal prosecutors and then defense attorneys to present their opening arguments on whether the former Mexican police chief is guilty of participating in a cocaine smuggling plot. Convicted or not, involved accepting several million dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel between 2001 and 2012.

This Thursday, the process of selecting 18 members of the jury came to an end after the purification process of the last group of 40 candidates (out of 400 who initially participated) carried out by prosecutors and defense lawyers under the supervision of a judge magistrate. The jury was composed of seven women and five men, with three women and three men as alternates.

The new jury is now preparing to hear statements from dozens of witnesses, view part of more than a million pages of documents and graphic material, as well as recordings of wiretapped communications, among other evidence prosecutors will present to convince them that Will alleged that he is “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of all 5 criminal charges against him.

The jury will also hear arguments from the defense, which will do everything to sow those reasonable doubts about the case presented by prosecutors. It is worth emphasizing that only the prosecution has to convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt, while the defense is not required to prove its innocence; In a criminal case the defendant is “presumed innocent” until the jury says otherwise.

Under the judge’s orders for such a criminal case, the identity of the 18 jurors will be kept anonymous — including their names, places of work and other personal information — and their transfer to and from federal court for the Eastern District of New York Will be under the protection of federal marshals.

Federal Judge Brian Cogan will set the rules for how the trial will proceed on Monday, when the parties will present their opening arguments and the parade of witnesses and the presentation of evidence begins. Among the witnesses will be several former drug traffickers, mostly Mexicans, according to prosecutors.

The trial will focus on four criminal counts of defendant’s involvement in a cocaine drug trafficking conspiracy and the importation and distribution of the drug in the United States, including in Brooklyn (to establish this Court’s jurisdiction), most of which are charged with move around. that García Luna, when he held high public positions between 2001 and 2012 – first director of the Federal Investigation Agency and then secretary of public security – that he accepted multimillion-dollar bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel to protect his businesses. The fifth charge is of making false statements to US officials.

The indictment against Garcia Luna alleges that he participated in these illegal activities in some way until 2019, when he was arrested in Dallas, Texas, and shortly thereafter transferred to the Brooklyn Detention Center, where he stood trial. waited.

Since his arrest, speculation has not stopped about whether the highest-ranking Mexican public official was ever prosecuted in a US court during this judicial process, with other politicians, officials and even journalists being called as witnesses or The charges would be tainted by other evidence.

It is worth remembering that Judge Cogan, when he presided over the trial of Joaquin El Chapo Guzmán Loera in this same court, strictly limited witness statements when he implicated other politicians who had The allegations against the defendant were not of immediate relevance, including that of the former. Mexican Presidents. At the same time, it was during this process that the version of bribes paid to García Luna first appeared in public.

According to the calculations of prosecutors and the judge, it is expected that the trial will last about eight weeks.

If convicted by this jury, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Garcia Luna also has the option of pleading guilty at any time during the trial.

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