El Chapo’s 7-year-old twin daughters attended his trial for the first time since it started 6 weeks ago

  • Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s 7-year-old twin daughters attended his trial on Thursday.
  • It was the first time the girls made an appearance during the accused Mexican drug cartel leader’s federal trial in Brooklyn.
  • They walked into court alongside their mother, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who missed court for the first time on Monday to spend time with the girls.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s twin daughters visited their father in court on Thursday, making an appearance for the first time since the accused Sinaloa cartel leader’s trial began six weeks ago.

Guzman’s wife and the girls’ mother, Emma Coronel Aispuro, brought the twins into the Brooklyn courtroom before Colombian national police testified about drug seizures, according to NBC New York.

Guzman greeted his daughters with kisses and watched them throughout the day from where he sat with his lawyers.

Aispuro, 29, was absent from court on Monday for the first time since Guzman’ federal drug trafficking trial began.

A source close to Aispuro told The New York Post that the 29-year-old was still in New York and was spending time with her daughters.

The former beauty queen’s absence came just days after she gave a rare public interview to Telemundo, in which she defended her husband and called him a “normal, ordinary person.”

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American-born Aispuro met Guzman, who is more than 30 years her senior, at a party organised by her father, Ines Coronel Barreras. She married the accused Mexican drug cartel leader on her 18th birthday, according to The New York Post.

When Aispuro was pregnant with the twins, Guzman reportedly urged her to fly to the United States to give birth, according to The New York Post, so they would be US citizens.

Before Guzman’s trial started last month, the girls would attend hearings held in court alongside their mother. Thursday was their first court appearance since the trial began.

Guzman pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges connected to claims that he built a multi-billion-dollar fortune by smuggling cocaine and other drugs across the Mexico-US border.

He faces 17 counts for alleged links to drug trafficking in the US and Mexico.

After years on the run, Guzman was extradited to the United States last year and was held in solitary confinement in a high-security prison as he awaited trial, according to the Associated Press.