“El Chapo” will not get his hug.

A federal court docket decide in New York has denied Joaquin Guzman’s request to hug his former magnificence queen spouse earlier than opening arguments in his drug trafficking trial subsequent week.

Guzman, whose nickname interprets to “Shorty,” faces life in jail if convicted.

In a letter to the decide presiding over the case earlier this week, one among his legal professionals requested “that Mr. Guzman be allowed to offer his spouse, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a quick momentary greeting to incorporate maybe an embrace” earlier than the proceedings start.

In his ruling Thursday, Brooklyn federal court docket decide Brian Cogan mentioned he was “sympathetic to the request.”

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Image: Emma Coronel© Don Emmert
Picture: Emma Coronel

“As protection counsel factors out, defendant’s conduct throughout what are certainly tough proceedings and circumstances of confinement for him has been exemplary, and he has displayed appreciable grace underneath stress,” the decide wrote — however he added he had no selection however to disclaim it.

Cogan famous that he’d beforehand upheld the federal government’s “restriction that prohibits defendant from speaking with or having any bodily contact together with his spouse” to be able to forestall the infamous drug lord “from coordinating any escape from jail or directing any assault on people who may be cooperating with the Authorities.”

He added “the identical considerations that warranted their implementation within the first place nonetheless exist as we speak. If something, that is very true on the eve of trial, when the fact of the potential legal responsibility defendant faces if convicted could also be setting in and his motivation to flee or threaten witness may be significantly sturdy.”

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Joaquin Guzman Loera et al. posing for the camera: Image: Authorities escort Joaquin © AP file
Picture: Authorities escort Joaquin

Prosecutors say Guzman, who twice escaped from excessive safety prisons in Mexico, was operating “the biggest drug trafficking group world,” and used homicide, kidnapping and torture to keep up his maintain on his Sinaloa Cartel.

He was extradited to america final 12 months, and has been held in solitary confinement ever since. Guzman lawyer Mariel Colon Miro had informed the decide that permitting Guzman a hug could be a “humanitarian gesture.”

Guzman, 61, married Coronel Aispuro in 2007, when she was 18. She’d been topped Espresso and Guava Queen in Sinaloa earlier that 12 months.