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Second Mexican judge approves Chapo Guzman’s extradition to the U.S.

May 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Second Mexican judge approves Chapo Guzman’s extradition to the U.S.

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For the second time in a week, a federal judge in Mexico has approved the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States where he faces charges in several jurisdictions.

The decision was made by the Eighth District Court of Federal Criminal Proceedings in Mexico City on Monday, approving the transfer request from the Federal District Court in El Paso, Texas.

Another judge issued the same determination on a separate request from the District Court of Southern California, in San Diego last week.

Guzman’s case must still get approval from Mexico’s foreign ministry.

José Refugio Rodríguez, the attorney for the drug kingpin, downplayed the significance of the first court decision and maintained that Guzman’s legal team are focusing on the Foreign Ministry’s decision, which makes the final determination.

“That’s when the real battle against extradition starts,” Rodríguez told multiple media outlets.

So far the attorney has not commented the latest court decision.

Monday’s ruling means the Foreign Affairs ministry will begin another 20-day period to decide whether to extradite the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman’s attorneys will still have the opportunity under Mexican law to appeal any final approval by the government agency, which could extend the process a couple of months

Meanwhile, in a sign that Guzman’s legal team are gearing up for their client’s impending transfer, Rodríguez reiterated previous remarks that El Chapo would be willing to accept a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors that would allow for his extradition to a U.S. federal prison under certain pretenses.

“He will not go [to the U.S.] without anything firm,” Rodriguez proclaimed.

Where Guzman will be prosecuted has been the subject of debate.

As JammedUp reported, last week a federal law enforcement official told the New York Post that El Chapo would likely end up in New York and that the transfer could take place sometime in June.

The drug lord faces numerous offenses detailed in an indictment out of the Eastern District Court in Brooklyn. Among the charges Guzman stands accused of committing includes, drug trafficking, money laundering, weapons violations and at least a dozen murders he ordered as the boss of the most powerful drug trafficking criminal organization in the world.

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