- Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, gave her first public interview in more than two years on Monday.
- She spoke to Telemundo about Guzman’s drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn, and said the media has made him “too famous.”
- She claims Guzman is a “normal” guy and that she’s never seen him do anything illegal.
- Aispuro has attended every day of Guzman’s trial.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife claimed that her husband is a ‘simple’ man as she spoke out in her first public interview in more than two years.
She told Telemundo that she had never seen her husband, a Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin, doing anything illegal, according to translations from the New York Post.
“[The media] made him too famous,” Aispuro said of her 61-year-old husband, who she married on her 18th birthday in 2007. “It’s not fair.”
“They don’t want to bring him down from the pedestal to make him more like he is, a normal, ordinary person,” she added.
She did say, however, that she thinks Guzman enjoys the press coverage.
Aispuro said the press coverage of Guzman’s ongoing drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn is necessary so people can “see what really happens.”
“That’s what he really wants,” Aispuro said. “For everyone to realise how things really are and see it all from another perspective. More than anything, I think that’s what he wants. Just tell it like it is.”
Aispuro hasn’t missed a day of Guzman’s trial.
“I think it’s what any wife would do in my place, be with her husband in difficult times,” she said. “In one way or another so that he feels and sees me present and feels my support.”
Aispuro said her twin seven-year-old daughters “know everything” about Guzman’s current situation.
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, NBC San Diego reported.
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.
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