Mexican president does not expect rise in violence after 'El Chapo' sentencing

Mexican president does not expect rise in violence after 'El Chapo' sentencing

A woman holds an image of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a stall outside
A woman holds an image of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a stall outside the "Saint Jesus Malverde" chapel in Culiacan, in Mexico's state of Sinaloa, on Jul 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Jesus Bustamante)

MEXICO CITY: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday (Jul 18) that he did not expect a rise in violence following the sentencing of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in the United States a day earlier.

Guzman will spend the rest of his days behind bars in the United States after a judge sentenced him to life in prison plus 30 years. A jury found him guilty in February after an 11-week trial.

When asked during his regular morning conference whether he expected violence to rise over the coming weeks following the sentencing, Lopez Obrador said: "No, on the contrary. We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will decline.

"We will continue to create a better society, supported by values, that is not based on accumulating material wealth, money or luxury," Lopez Obrador added.

Guzman was extradited to the United States in 2018 following two breakouts from Mexican jails: one purportedly in a laundry cart, the other through a mile-long tunnel.

In an opinion poll conducted by Mexico's Reforma newspaper, with support from the Washington Post, 52 per cent of people surveyed said Lopez Obrador's efforts to tackle crime were lacking while 55 per cent said he was failing to bring down violence.

Source: Reuters/ga

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