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Chapo Guzman’s attorney files six separate injunctions fighting extradition to the U.S.

January 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chapo Guzman’s attorney files six separate injunctions fighting extradition to the U.S.

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The attorney for Sinaloa cartel drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo has already filed six separate “Amparo” injunctions, which challenges the extradition request U.S. authorities to face several pending indictments in U.S. federal courtrooms.

The U.S. government to date has officially filed seven requests for Guzman’s extradition to six separate states. Justice Dept. officials warned that his legal team are likely to bog down any initiated extradition proceedings filing a litany of different appeals at various stages of the process.

Prosecutors want to prosecute Guzman, who has indictments pending in several U.S. cities including San Diego, Miami, El Paso, Chicago and New York.

According to the New York Times, if El Chapo is sent to the United States, he would likely be tried in Brooklyn’s Federal Eastern District in New York, where Attorney General Loretta Lynch was the U.S. Attorney when charges were filed against Guzman and his partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia.

In the indictment, prosecutors listed 163 separate counts of distribution of cocaine in the United States, against Guzman and Zambada ranging from 234 kilograms to as much as 23,000 kilos.

Badillo has fought several extradition requests by the U.S. for his client , Sinaloa cartel leader, Chapo Guzman

Badillo has fought several extradition requests by the U.S. for his client , Sinaloa cartel leader, Chapo Guzman

Juan Pablo Badillo, who is Guzman’s longtime counsel and chief extradition attorney, said Mexico should maintain trust in its institutions stand up to the pressures by the U.S. This, despite the fact that his client has already escaped twice from maximum security prisons in Mexico

Badillo specializes in fighting extradition and has opposed previous U.S. requests for El Chapo, who was captured on Friday in the town of Los Mochis in a 4 am raid, by the Mexican Navy at a motel.

Earlier Guzman had fled a house after a gunbattle that resulted in the deaths of five of his henchmen and another six arrested. Authorities managed to triangulate his location after he conducted an interview with actor/director Sean Penn for Rollingstone.

Badillo and Guzman developed a friendship in 1993 while Guzman was serving his first prison sentence in the Puente Grande prison in the Western Mexican state of Jalisco. He would later escape in 2001 in a laundry basket.

The attorney told the Washington Post how he would visit the drug lord a few times a week. Their long-standing friendship would eventually lead Guzman to recruit the attorney onto his legal team after Guzman’s Feb. 2014 recapture.

However, Badillo says that he only made six trips to El Chapo during his last prison term he served at the Altiplano prison. The lawyer maintains having no knowledge of the drug baron’s plans to escape prison for a second time or knowledge to the locations of his hideouts.

“Chapo Guzman shouldn’t be sent to the United States or any other country,” Badillo said on Saturday after submitting the injunctions fighting extradition on behalf of his client.

“Mexico has laws grounded in the constitution. Our country must respect national sovereignty, the sovereignty of its institutions to impart justice,” he said.

Juan Masini, a former U.S. Justice Dept. Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico believes the extradition process could take months to resolve.

‘They can challenge the judge, challenge the probable cause, question the procedure, That’s why it can take a long time. The court challenges won’t take place at one time. Instead, they can drip, drip, milk it that way, Masini said.”

On Saturday Mexican authorities revealed that the government plans to fulfill the U.S. extradition request for the drug lord, which is a reversal of the government’s position after his Feb. 2014 arrest.

The U.S. government eager for Guzman’s custody, not only because they want to prosecute him, but also for his massive amounts knowledge and information he can provide law enforcement of the entire Mexican drug landscape and the vast network of corrupt officials he has bribed over the years.

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