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Sinaloa Cartel Boss Learned Foreign Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Him: Lawyer

August 14, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sinaloa Cartel Boss Learned Foreign Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Him: Lawyer Taking out the AFO would just end up clearing more territory for Capo Guzman

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Fox News Latino is reporting that Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman was worried about being extradited to the United States and had learned that “foreign mercenaries” had been hired by officials to kill him, his attorney, Juan Pablo Badillo, said Thursday.

“There was an extremely worrisome situation in the sense that foreign mercenaries had been hired to come and kill him, to deprive him of his life, to murder him. That’s really serious, how can such absurd strategies be implemented,” Badillo told Radio Formula.

The lawyer said he was surprised when he heard about Guzman’s July 11 escape from prison, the second time the drug lord has broken out of a maximum-security penitentiary in Mexico, but “has had no contact whatsoever” with him for obvious reasons.

Badillo said he last spoke with Guzman five months before the drug trafficker escaped from the Altiplano I prison in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The lawyer said Guzman hired him in October 2014 to lead his legal defense and fight any possible extradition to the United States.

Extradition makes a mockery of “the national institutions for administering justice” and sovereignty, Badillo said.

A federal judge has already granted a motion against extradition, pending a trial, so if Guzman is captured, he cannot be handed over to the United States, the lawyer said.

Badillo said he was developing the drug lord’s legal strategy independently and refused to say how El Chapo paid him, adding that he had not been asked to give prosecutors a statement about the prison break.

The lawyer also denied playing a role in the construction of the 1.5-kilometer (nearly one-mile) tunnel that Guzman used to get out of the Altiplano I federal prison.

“It’s absolutely false,” Badillo said, adding that his work was “100 percent professional, specifically as a defense attorney and in the area of appeals.”

Reports that Guzman staged a hunger strike in prison “are a lie,” Badillo said.

Guzman is the subject of a $5 million reward in the United States and has a price of 60 million pesos ($3.8 million) on his head in Mexico.

The drug lord had been held at the Altiplano I prison since his arrest on Feb. 22, 2014.

Guzman faces drug, money laundering and criminal conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

The drug lord’s son, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, known as “El Chapito,” and another Sinaloa cartel boss, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, also face charges in the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration added Guzman to its most-wanted list on July 16 and the Chicago Crime Commission once again named the drug lord “Public Enemy No. 1,” the dubious honor he had held before being captured last year.

Al Capone had been declared public enemy No. 1 by the Midwestern city in 1930 and no other criminal had been given the dubious distinction since the Prohibition-era gangster.

Guzman, who was born in 1957, got his start in the drug business as a lieutenant of Miguel Angel Felix-Gallardo, the top leader of the Guadalajara cartel, in the 1980s.

Felix-Gallardo’s arrest and prosecution in 1989 led to the Guadalajara cartel being divided up and Guzman relocating to Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, and founding the Sinaloa cartel.

Guzman was eventually captured in 1993 in Guatemala and sent back to Mexico, where he was convicted on bribery charges.

On Jan. 19, 2001, Guzman escaped from the Puente Grande penitentiary in the western state of Jalisco, pulling off the Hollywood-style jailbreak by hiding in a cart full of dirty laundry in front of guards.

The Mexican drug kingpin’s wealth led to his name regularly appearing on Forbes magazine’s list of global billionaires. EFE

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