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Mexican federal judge approved extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman: Lawyer

May 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican federal judge approved extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman: Lawyer

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A federal court in northern Mexico has authorized the extradition of Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as ‘El Chapo” the infamous leader of the Sinaloa Cartel to California, where he is wanted for a drug trafficking indictment, Proceso Magazine has reported.

The news comes in the wake of the drug lord’s surprise transfer to a new detention center on the border with Texas.

As JammedUp reported, Guzman was moved amid intense security in the early hours of Saturday, from the Altiplano Prison where he pulled off his brazen escaped in July 2015, to the Cefereso No. 9 detention center on the northern border, located in Ciudad-Juarez, Chihuahua situated just across from El Paso, Texas.

Ever since Mexican Marines captured Guzman in a pre-dawn raid on Jan.8th in the seaside town of Los Mochis and returned to the Altiplano, his lawyers have appealed orders for his extradition to the United States, where he faces charges in multiple federal jurisdictions.

The National Safety Commission (CNS) cited security protocols on Saturday as the reason for “El Chapo’s” sudden transfer but fails to mention the extradition order approved by the federal court.

Despite the government’s assertions, sources within the Federal Police insist the movement of Guzman is part of active preparations to extradite the drug kingpin to the United States.

The Mexican publication quoted Enrique Galindo, head of the Federal Police unit that assisted the military in January’s operation to apprehend the kingpin, who maintained the purpose of Guzman’s transfer to Ciudad Juarez, was due to the drug lord’s impending extradition.

On Saturday, “El Chapo’s” lawyer derided the government’s actions, calling it a violation of his client’s human rights.

“The government of Mexico can extradite him if it chooses, but it would be illegal as in other instances with prisoners such as Osiel Cardenas Guillen (leader of the Gulf Cartel) … I have no doubt in the case of Mr. Guzman they intend to do the same,” Carlos Castillo, Guzman’s defense attorney told Proceso.

“It was not a legal transfer; officials should have sought permission from the judges where Mr. Guzman has open extradition and criminal procedures ongoing, not just in Toluca but also in the Federal Districts, of La Paz, Matamoros, and Guadalajara.

However, Castillo did clarify he had no information indicating whether the transfer “El Chapo” from the Altiplano to Cefereso No. 9, was executed for the purpose of extraditing him or if authorities switched prisons as part of a security protocol as indicated by the National Safety Commission.

Proceso further reported that lawyers and relatives of “Chapo” Guzman were consulted in the early morning hours of Saturday but were unaware that he had been moved so suddenly from the Altiplano, located in Almoloya de Juárez, in the State of Mexico, 16 miles from Toluca.

Castillo said that although the federal court yesterday gave its approval for Guzman’s extradition to California, the Mexican government could not legally turn over custody of his client to U.S. authorities until all of the legal procedures had been exhausted.

“In a strict sense, the government of Mexico cannot extradite Mr. Guzman without having exhausted the legal proceedings offered under the Constitution, to do so would be clearly illegal. ”

The new maximum security prison housing the world ‘s most powerful drug trafficker, located on the Panamerican Highway that connects from Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez.

The location is considered to be in the heart of the headquarters of the Juarez Cartel, whom the Sinaloa Cartel has engaged in a bloody war for eight years that transformed Ciudad-Juarez into the murder capital of the world.

The facility in Juarez has also seen its share of prison escapes. Back in March of 2015, five members of the criminal group known as La Linea, which is the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel managed to flee the prison.

Authorities recaptured three of the inmates, however, two of the prisoners, Alejandro Sanchez Garcia, and Alvaro Silva Eguiarte escaped and remain fugitives.

Content published by Proceso has been translated By JammedUp News

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