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By Associated Press
Mexican maid Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told a judge on Monday that he would not take the witness standing in his own defense on his US drug trafficking test and concludes speculation that he might break and build on a notorious reputation already cemented by the scattered government's case against him.
"Your honor, I and my lawyers have spoken about this, and I will not testify," said Guzman through a Spanish interpreter in a rare case of him who stood up and speaks in court.
The decision together with the defense plan to call only two short witnesses could bring the trial to a faster than expected conclusion. Closing arguments were initiated Wednesday with considerations that began as soon as Friday afternoon.
Guzman's lawyers say he is framed by a chamber of collaborators who were far more guilty of the Sinaloa cartel's wildly lucrative cocaine smuggling business.
As the government finally concluded a case that began in mid-November, an actor who played guzman on a popular netflix series, caused a minor stir Monday by appearing in the courtroom as a spectator. The defendant snapped a smile and waved when "Narcos: Mexico" cast member Alejandro Edda was pointed out to him, Edda told reporters.
"It was a very surreal moment, I must be honest," shot the actor. 19659007] Surrealistic was an appropriate description of many aspects of the government's case, including testimonies from several collaborators, which made Guzman's pleasure to see that Edda seems understandable. Some of the more than 50 government witnesses said Guzman had often talked about his dream of being portrayed on film or being the subject of an autobiography of his rise to power as the Sinaloa cartel.
Highlights of the public affair offered plenty of potential material that started early in the testimony of a former Sinaloa cartel chief describing how a car that transported Guzman to Mexico City shortly after being escaped from prison in 2001 , got a police protection from highway officers. A suspected informant claimed that he had survived several attempts on his life ordered by Guzman, including a knife strike in a prison right after he heard a brass band playing a favorite "corrido" folk song by Guzmans – "Un Puno De Tierra" – over and over.
A former Colombian kingpin, who once supplied the cartel with tons of cocaine, Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, has only affected the way he looked while he testified – with his face distorted by an extreme makeover for the purpose to hide their identity. Ramirez explained that he had undergone at least three plastic surgeries that changed "my jawbone, my cheekbones, my eyes, my mouth, my ears, my nose."
Much of the testimony was devoted to how corrupt Mexican authorities had a greedy appetite for drug money. A partner said Guzman had paid former president Enrique Pena Nieto $ 100,000, a claim Pena Nieto refused.
Three of the most recent witnesses kept drama alive: A former cartel computer technician who testified that after being overturned by the FBI showed them how to pick up the syndicate's phone calls and texts that Guzman had been monitoring with spyware; a member of the cartel security team who claimed that Guzman shot a kidnapped victim before he was buried alive and an ex-boyfriend describing how they escaped a hunt – one of his specialties – using a trap die under one safehouse bathroom, which allows for a drainage tunnel, which he used to run away naked in 2014.
Guzman was captured in 2015 and escaped prison through a tunnel dug into his prison cell before being sent in 2017 to the United States. He has been in single confinement since and would face life in prison if he was sentenced.