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Extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to U.S. was illegal: Lawyers

May 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to U.S. was illegal: Lawyers

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Attorneys for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán argue that the notorious drug lord’s extradition from Mexico to the U.S. was illegal – and now they want the court records to prove this claim.

In documents filed on Friday, “El Chapo’s” legal team accused prosecutors of refusing to hand over paperwork related to his extradition in January.

They assert that they need papers to challenge his extradition and claim that the government has confessed that extradition requests to Mexico didn’t include the list of drug-trafficking and murder charges that he is facing in Brooklyn.

Lawyers for “El Chapo” contend his extradition to the U.S. was illegal

“The government’s attempts to prevent Guzman from seeing the documents on his extradition are unfair and have no basis in law,” the defense stated in the letter. “Those documents are material to whether his extradition was improper and whether he has the standing to challenge it.”

Currently, his attorneys want Brooklyn federal court Judge Brian Cogan to order prosecutors to hand over the documents, which the government has “consistently moved to frustrate,” the filing alleges.

Prosecutors said the defense is looking to challenge the Mexican government’s determination to extradite Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and contended that the U.S. courts “cannot second-guess another country’s grant of extradition,” the New York Post reported.

Guzman is facing life in prison for leading the violent Sinaloa Cartel, which is the largest drug-trafficking group on the globe.

He is also facing federal charges in other states, including Texas, Illinois, Florida, and California.

His trial is set for April of 2018.

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