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El Chapo’s extradition hearing set for Sept 26th: Lawyer

September 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
El Chapo’s extradition hearing set for Sept 26th: Lawyer

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An attorney has confirmed the date for deliberation proceedings for El Chapo’s extradition to the United States, where he faces federal criminal indictments for drug trafficking-related offenses will take place on September 26th.

In an interview with Radio Formula, Andrés Granados, the attorney for Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, said the extradition hearing, which will decide the fate of the Mexican drug lord, is scheduled for Sept. 26th at 10:40 a.m. in the Thirteenth Federal Court in Mexico City.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already approved the requests for Guzman’s transfer back in May after U.S. officials guaranteed he would not face the death penalty, which is illegal under Mexico’s constitution.

Although the attorney conceded the judge could quickly issue a ruling on the matter, he said Guzman’s legal team may have the opportunity to appeal the judge’s decision and maintained that the process could still take years to reach a conclusion.

“The judge will determine the approval of the extradition orders to the United States and yet we would still have the opportunity to request a review of the approved requests, one issued by the Federal District Court in El Paso and the Southern District Court of Southern California,” Granados said.

Moreover, the kingpin’s legal team said pending appeals that have already been filed against El Chapo’s extradition protects against his immediate departure to the United States, Proceso reported.

The attorney also lambasted what he claims is the government’s intentions not to provide his client equal provisions and fair due process provided under the Mexican law.

“We do not know if the (government) will handle the process politically, with this government, we can expect them to do anything to improve their image, which is why we hope that the Supreme Court will hear the appeals case,” he confided.

A Mexican judge temporarily halted El Chapo’s extradition back in June after an appeal filed by his attorneys argued that the statute of limitations on some of the charges Guzman is facing in the United States had already expired.

Moreover, Guzman’s legal team also argued that other offenses listed in the criminal indictments lacked direct evidence for prosecution.

A senior US law enforcement official told the AFP news agency he hoped Guzman would be in the U.S. by the end of this year.

El Chapo faces indictments in several different U.S. jurisdictions including Chicago, El Paso, California, Manhattan, Washington D.C., Miami, and in Brooklyn’s Eastern District — which U.S. law enforcement sources have privately admitted will be El Chapo’s likely destination.

The indictments accuse Guzman with a litany of crimes including drug trafficking, money laundering, murder, racketeering, and weapon violations he committed as the leader of the Sinaloa Federation, a transnational criminal organization responsible for importing multi-ton quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the U.S. yearly.

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel remains in custody at a maximum security prison in Ciudad, Juarez, near the US border.

Authorities apprehended Guzman back on January 8th after six months on the run following his famous escape from the Altiplano maximum security prison through a 1.5-mile dugout tunnel, which led directly out of the shower area of his jail cell.

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