A Mexican judge has issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States — if he is recaptured after his jailbreak; authorities announced on Thursday July 30th.
The federal judge in Mexico City accepted a petition made by the attorney general’s office on Wednesday July 29th, almost three weeks after Guzman broke out of a maximum-security prison by slipping down a tunnel on Saturday July 11th.
Attorney General Arely Gomez said earlier this month that the US government had formally requested Guzman’s extradition on June 25, some two weeks before his escape, and that prosecutors had been analyzing the petition.
Jose Alberto Rodriguez, a deputy prosecutor, told Mexican Network “Milenio Television” that the US paperwork was “complete” this time. Media reports said the previous request was incomplete.
Gomez predecessor, Jesus Murillo Karam, had insisted following Guzman’s February 2014 capture that the Sinaloa drug cartel honcho had to face Mexican justice before any extradition could be considered.
President Enrique Pena Nieto’s decision to maintain Guzman in Mexico instead of immediately extraditing him to the United States last year has come under scrutiny since his latest escape.
Guzman had already fooled the authorities in 2001 when he busted out of another maximum-security penitentiary.
The extradition hearings, which can be appealed by defense attorneys, can last up to one year and a judge would have to decide whether to send Guzman to the United States, an official in the attorney general’s office told AFP.
According to Mexican law, a convict can be extradited once the accused has completed a sentence in Mexico. But the president can issue an executive order to extradite the suspect before facing domestic justice, the official said.
Jack Riley, the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s deputy chief, told AFP on Wednesday that his agency would “certainly” want Guzman’s extradition if he is recaptured, but that he understood why Mexico wanted to try him first.
While Riley said he was optimistic that Guzman would be found again, the top law enforcement official said the manhunt would be a “marathon.”
more recommended stories
As usually for the last 30 years, Cancun will draw thousands of college students for “Spring Break 2019”
College students all over the US and.
AAA Adds Five Hotels in Mexico to Five Diamond List (two of them in the Yucatan Peninsula)
AAA has released its annual list of.
Yucatan Symphony Orchestra celebrates 15 years
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (OSY) will.
Municipal government began installing cultural-sites signage along Mérida’s downtown
With an investment of 170,000 pesos,.
19-year-old girl missing in Mérida finally found safe and sound
A 19-year-old girl left her home.
Several Reasons to Use Quotes in Your Presentation
A well-chosen quote can set a.
Whomever accuses the Church is related to the devil: Pope Francis
ROME (EFE).- Pope Francis criticized on.
Canadian company in Yucatan leaves hundreds of employees “hanging”
Workers ask for the intervention of.
Mérida’s Colonia Industrial residents concerned about lack of water
MERIDA .- “We have absolutely no.
Hate and extremism spikes across the US in anti-Latino hate crimes
“Why do you hate us?… Because.