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Federal Judge blocks extradition of Mexican drug lord Hector Beltrán Leyva

April 13, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal Judge blocks extradition of Mexican drug lord Hector Beltrán Leyva

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A federal court has granted an appeal blocking an effort by Mexico’s Foreign Ministry to extradite Mexican drug lord Hector Beltrán Leyva “El H” to the United States.

Judicial officials on Wednesday said the ruling was issued by the Tenth Circuit Court of Amparo in Criminal Matters in Mexico City.

The appeal grants an injunction blocking Beltrán Leyva’s extradition based on findings indicating that the Mexican government failed to follow due process with regards to submitting questionable evidence used to approve the request in September 2016.

The leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel faces an indictment for his role in international narcotics conspiracy case filed out of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

Last week his brother Alfredo Beltrán Leyva was sentenced to life in prison and fined $529 million dollars for his role in the conspiracy.

A federal judge granted an injunction blocking Hector Beltran Leyva’s extradition to the U.S.

Mexican authorities arrested “El H” in 2014 during an operation in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

The judge’s decision ultimately orders the case back to the original court for reinstatement of the procedural process, which must include an independent expert’s examination of the evidence used to approve Beltran Leyva’s extradition.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office vowed to challenge the appellate’s decision to a higher court.

Hector Beltrán Leyva can still face extradition if the expert opinion validates the Mexican government’s evidence, Proceso reported.

Up until 2008, the Beltran-Leyva Cartel worked as a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel led by the recently extradited Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who currently awaits trial in New York City for a 17-count indictment charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise.

“El H” remains incarcerated at the same maximum security prison, located west of Mexico City, that the Sinaloa Cartel leader made his escape from back in July 2015 through a 1.5-mile tunnel.

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