‘El Chapo’ wants a hug from wife

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NEW YORK (AP) – A judge says the Mex­i­can drug lord known as “El Chapo” can’t hug his wife at his up­com­ing US trial.

Joaquin Guz­man has been de­nied con­tact with his wife as a se­cu­rity mea­sure im­posed since he was brought to New York City to face drug con­spir­acy charges.

De­fense lawyers had asked US District Judge Brian Co­gan for what they called a “hu­man­i­tar­ian ges­ture” of al­low­ing the hug on Tues­day be­fore open­ing state­ments.

The judge said in an or­der Thurs­day he was sym­pa­thetic to the re­quest and praised Guz­man for good con­duct un­der the dif­fi­cul­ties of soli­tary con­fine­ment.

But he said other de­fen­dants who are con­sid­ered high-se­cu­rity risks wouldn’t be granted the fa­vor, and that he wouldn’t make an ex­cep­tion.

GUZ­MAN

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