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Federal judge approves extradition of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

October 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge approves extradition of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

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The extradition of Mexican Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the leader of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel, has progressed one step further on Thursday after a judge ruled against an appeal.

A federal judge in Mexico City upheld May’s decision by Mexico’s Foreign Ministry approving two extradition orders for two warrants issued by the Federal District Courts in Texas and California, where he faces charges including drug trafficking, money laundering, and weapons offenses.

In a statement, the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) explained that the Thirteenth District Court of Amparo for Criminal Matters in Mexico City dismissed two of the five appeals filed by the drug lord’s legal team.

“The court decided to deny (Guzman) federal justice protection in two of the appeals, while the remaining three were dismissed,” Attorney General Arely Gomez said.

However, the ruling does not mean that the Mexican government will immediately deliver ‘El Chapo’ to U.S. authorities, according to Proceso. Guzman still has ten days to file a review of the decision.

“The Attorney General’s Office takes cognizance of the determination and reports that will remain attentive to the continuation of the procedure until these resolutions are firm,” Gomez said in the statement.

Last week, National Security Commissioner Renato Sales revealed in an interview that he expected the extradition of Guzman to take place early next year.

“Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman will be extradited to the United States in January or February next year,” Sales told a Mexican television host last Friday.

Guzman’s legal team have yet to comment on the kingpin’s latest legal defeat.

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