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Mexican President vows to speed up extradition process for El Chapo

January 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican President vows to speed up extradition process for El Chapo

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said his government intends to speed up the extradition process for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States.

The cartel leader faces multiple drug-related indictments in several U.S. districts including Miami, San Diego, El Paso, Chicago and New York.

Guzman was recaptured on Jan.8th in the town of Los Mochis after six months on the run. His escape was an embarrassment for Peña Nieto, whose approval rating has dipped since El Chapo’s jailbreak.

Peña Nieto said during an interview at an economic forum in Switzerland on Friday that “the Mexican attorney general is pushing to speed up the process, so we can extradite this criminal as soon as possible.”

The President added that the federal investigation into Guzman’s July escape from the maximum security Altiplano prison remained ongoing.

“We still have to make those conclusions,” he said. “The important thing is that we have recaptured him,” Peña Nieto said.

After El Chapo’s 2014 arrest, Pena Nieto’s administration resisted pressure from the U.S. government, who warned that the Mexican government lacked the capabilities to keep the drug lord imprisoned and called for Guzman to be extradited to the U.S.

The Mexican President refused, saying it was necessary for “our national sovereignty that he first faces justice in Mexico.”

However, Pena Nieto has since changed his stance after Guzman’s second escape from prison.

The attorney general’s office immediately initiated extradition proceedings for Guzman days after his recapture. U.S. officials have not determined where Guzman could be tried. Experts believe the U.S. Federal District Court out of the Eastern District of New York could be a likely destination.

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