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Lawyers for Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzman file injuction blocking U.S. extradition

May 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyers for Mexican drug lord El Chapo Guzman file injuction blocking U.S. extradition

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The lawyers for Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, have filed an injunction against the recent decision of Mexico’s Foreign Ministry authorizing the extradition of the drug lord to the United States.

At a press conference, John Paul Badillo Soto and Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza, the attorneys for Sinaloa Cartel leader described the measure as “unconstitutional” and assured their client wouldn’t be seeing the inside of a U.S. courtroom anytime soon, Proceso reported.

“It will take a long time before Mr. Guzman is taken to the United States,” said Gonzalez Meza, who even contemplated the possibility that his client may not even be delivered to U.S. authorities.

Meanwhile, Badillo said the government “would violate the rule of law and specifically, the Constitution” if El Chapo were to be extradited.

Last week, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, another member of Guzman’s legal team told EFE that the kingpin could waive the protection against extradition and would be willing to acknowledge his guilt to charges he is facing in the U.S. if a fair agreement with the US government was achieved.

“Joaquin does not shy away facing justice, an agreement with the US would be an option to bring this problem to a solution but it would involve him receiving a lesser sentence.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved two extradition requests from a California federal court, where he stands accused of cocaine trafficking, and another in Texas where El Chapo faces the same charges, in additional counts including to organized crime, criminal association, money laundering, murder and possession of firearms.

Guzman is also currently wanted for charges in five other U.S. jurisdictions including Chicago, Washington D.C., Miami, Manhattan and Brooklyn, which most legal experts agree will probably be his likely destination.

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