New York - The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges, which is expected to last four months, began on Monday with the selection of jurors in a federal court in Brooklyn.
US District Judge Brian Cogan, prosecutors and defence lawyers on Monday questioned 45 potential jurors, rejecting 17. The jurors were called into the courtroom wearing stickers identifying them by number, their names withheld to protect their safety.
No jurors have yet been chosen, and the selection process is expected to continue on Tuesday. The 12 jurors and six alternate jurors chosen will be escorted to and from the courthouse by armed US marshals.
Guzman, 61, sat in the courtroom wearing a navy blue suit and an open-collared white shirt, watching the proceedings.
Guzman formerly led the Sinaloa Cartel, which became one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world, named after its base in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.