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Mexican Govt: El Chapo has submitted no legal challenge to extradition

May 31, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Govt: El Chapo has submitted no legal challenge to extradition

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Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu stated on Monday that the Mexican government is not aware of any attempts by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera to file an injunction blocking extradition to the United States.

In a press conference, Ruiz Massieu said: “To our knowledge, Mr. Guzmán Loera has not filed any motion against those two extradition accords.”

She went on to note that the infamous drug lord has until July 1st to file the motion.

According to EFE News Agency, Juan Pablo Badillo Soto and José Luis González Meza, who are part of El Chapo’s legal team, announced on Friday that a motion was submitted to block Chapo’s extradition.

A judge in Mexico City received the documents and had given Ruiz Massieu 48 hours to show that the authorization conforms to the U.S. Mexico extradition treaty.

According to EFE News Agency, a source within the Federal Judiciary Council reported that Guzmán must endorse the motion filed by his attorneys for the judge’s request to take effect.

Guzmán’s chief lawyer José Refugio Rodríguez stated that neither Badillo nor González Meza are a part of the defense.

It is believed that the drug lord will likely decline to endorse the motion submitted by the two lawyers. Rodríguez noted that El Chapo’s legal team are in the initial stages of working on their own brief to challenge the extradition.

El Chapo is currently being detained in Cuidad Juárez, where he was transferred on May 7th, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Originally, the Mexican government was not on board with the extradition plans but reversed their stance once Guzman escaped from Altiplano maximum security prison in July of 2015.

Chapo first broke out of prison in Jalisco back in 2001 and was on the run for over 13 years before he was captured in Maztlán in 2014.

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