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Witness: El Chapo's wife was in on plans for prison escape

Witness: El Chapo's wife was in on plans for prison escape

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The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman played a key role in his infamous 2015 escape from prison through a tunnel dug into the shower of his cell, a witness tesified Wednesday at the kingpin's U.S. trial. Former cartel worker Damaso Lopez Nunez told the jury that Emma Coronel Aispuro helped her husband trade messages with his sons and others who coordinated the breakout at Altiplano prison in central Mexico. Coronel "was giving us his orders," Lopez told a New York jury, adding that she also was in on meetings about the escape. After Guzman was recaptured and thrown in another Mexican lockup, the cartel paid a $ 2 million bribe to a prison official in exchange for getting him moved back to Altiplano, the witness said. Before that could happen, Guzman was sent in 2017 to ...
Redoine Faid: Paris helicopter prison break for gangster

Redoine Faid: Paris helicopter prison break for gangster

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A notorious gangster is on the run after escaping by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region.Redoine Faid was helped by three heavily-armed men with assault rifles.Two gunmen in balaclavas used smoke bombs and angle-grinders to break into the visitors' room where Faid was talking to his brother.A third man in the prison courtyard guarded the helicopter and its pilot - a flying instructor whom the men had taken hostage.The helicopter flew to the nearby Gonesse area, where it was found by local police.Faid, 46, has been serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed.This is the armed robber's second prison break: in 2013, he escaped after seizing four guards as human shields and blowin...
Kardashian meets woman she helped free from prison

Kardashian meets woman she helped free from prison

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Kim Kardashian West has met the woman she helped free from prison after 21 years. The reality TV star spoke of the moment she told great-grandmother Alice Marie Johnson she was being released.Kardashian West championed Ms Johnson's case, and even met with US President Donald Trump to discuss her release. Image: Ms Johnson spent 21 years in prison. Pic: Can-Do Clemency Ms Johnson, 63, was jailed for life without parole for non-violent drug offences in 1997.She was released earlier this month after Mr Trump commuted her sentence following Kardashian West's intervention. ...
Chinese gov't official sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes

Chinese gov't official sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes

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May 8 (UPI) -- A Communist Party chief in China has been sentenced to life in prison for accepting approximately $ 27 million in bribes.Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, will also get all of his personal property confiscated under the sentence which was announced Tuesday by the First Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin Municipality, Xinhua reported."This is the outcome of my own deeds and I deserve all of this," Sun said on state television during his one-day trial last month, according to Bloomberg. "I sincerely confess my illegal actions with regret and will obey the court's decision."Sun, 54, was convicted of accepting $ 27 million bribes in property and cash between 2002 and 2017.At the time of his arrest last year, ...