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Drug kingpin wants Netflix, Univision to pay up for using his name in planned “El Chapo” series

May 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Drug kingpin wants Netflix, Univision to pay up for using his name in planned “El Chapo” series

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman won’t let his impending extradition to the U.S. get in the way of business.

On Wednesday, a member of his legal team announced their client intends to file a lawsuit against U.S.television networks if they air a new series on the life the jailed infamous leader of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel without compensating him.

As JammedUp News reported, on May 17th, Netflix and Univision announced they will collaborate on a drama series dubbed, “El Chapo,” which will air next year.

Representatives of the networks used only Guzman’s moniker “El Chapo” which is translated into “Shorty” during the announcement and said the series is a factual depiction of the life of one of the world’s most nefarious drug kingpins.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, Andres Granados said the networks should pay for the rights to both Guzman’s name and nickname in the series.

Granados indicated that his client would even collaborate on the series if Mr. Guzman is compensated.

“If the price is right, he would supply more information to make it a better project for them. But If they air this, they are immediately going to be sued, they, by necessity, need the authorization of Mr. Guzman, because he is not dead,” Granados said.

“With great pleasure, we have the greatest willingness to negotiate with them,” he added.

Guzman had previously granted the rights to his life story to Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who Granados mentioned that she could also negotiate with the Netflix and Univision.

Both representatives for Fusion, Univision’s owner or Netflix refused to comment on the drug lord’s statements. Netflix did not respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, Granados filed a complaint against the Mexican government at the headquarters of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, which claims it was impeding with Guzman’s defense by denying his client copies of the ruling issued on Friday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs approving his extradition to the United States.

Guzman’s legal team have 3 days from the date of the ruling to file appeals against the decision, which his lawyer maintains they cannot do without a copy of the decision.

Mexican government officials said the document was sent directly “El Chapo” in prison, where he has limited access to his attorneys.

Granados accused the government of using an intentional delaying tactic to deny his client the necessary paperwork to mount a defense against his transfer.

Authorities suddenly transferred Guzman from Mexico’s top security Altiplano prison west of Mexico City in early May to another less secure detention facility in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, located just across El Paso, Texas.

Guzman was apprehended and returned to the Altiplano prison in January after he escaped through an elaborate mile long tunnel that led underneath the shower stall of his cell back in July 2015.

According to Granados, he visited his client after the transfer and said Guzman preferred to stay in the Altiplano prison because of the conditions at the Cefereso #9 detention center.

“He (El Chapo) is isolated, segregated from other inmates, he told me his cell is very dirty. He is a little down, he is kind of sad, but he is at peace. He knows there are things we can do to keep him from being sent away,” Granados said, referring to the extradition effort.

Granados commented on the recent statements made by another top attorney on Guzman’s legal team who said the drug baron sought negotiations with U.S. officials in return for accepting extradition and dropping all legal appeals.

“There are no current negotiations. He would have to be in the United States first” for any deal to be negotiated, Granados said. “The person who would have to do that negotiating is the U.S. lawyer” for Guzman, whom he refused to name.

Back in February, a member of El Chapo’s legal team indicated that they were being advised on the U.S. side by California-based attorney William Stuttgart.

Although the cartel boss currently faces charges in several jurisdictions including in Texas, Manhattan, San Diego, Chicago, Miami and in the District of Columbia, many law enforcement officials widely expect Guzman to end up in New York’s Eastern District Federal Court in Brooklyn.

JammedUp News reported last week, prosecutors for New York’s Eastern District quietly unsealed a superseding indictment against Guzman and his partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, which dropped 12 counts of murder.

Some legal experts have speculated the cooperation agreement as the reason for the change in the indictment. However, most agree reduction of charges provides the Mexican government, who could not legally extradite Guzman if he faced the possibility of the death sentence which was abolished in Mexico.

U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch filed the 2014 landmark indictment against Guzman when she was still the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, which included charges for the murders of 12 Mexican nationals that occurred inside Mexico.

It marked the first time federal prosecutors would try a foreign national for the deaths of non-U.S. citizens that had taken place on foreign soil by using a statute known as Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which is often utilized to punish foreign nationals for crimes that would include killing Americans, particularly US government officials in foreign lands.

Most experts agree the new superseding indictment makes it easy to secure a guilty verdict and avoids the possibility of compromising a conviction due to problems that could occur over the constitutionality of the use of the obscure statute in the case.

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