El Chapo Took Precautions to Suspend Extradition Even Before Escaping

Not only has Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán managed to escape maximum security prison twice, he has also won a provisional suspension against potential U.S. extradition while on the run.

This week the Mexican Attorney General’s Office announced a Mexico City judge granted the security dependency an arrest warrant to extradite the fugitive drug lord. However, Chapo’s defense submitted an appeal and on Friday a Mexico City tribunal granted a provisional suspension of extradition processes, according to judiciary file 712/2015.

Published list of appeals on July 31, 2015.

This means that if Chapo is recaptured under this provisional suspension, Mexico will not be able to process the drug lord’s extradition immediately and hand him over to U.S. authorities.

The U.S. formally requested Chapo’s extradition about two and a half weeks before the drug lord escaped on July 11 through a 1-mile underground tunnel connecting his prison cell to an outside warehouse.

Joaquín Guzman's lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo. (Photo: Univision)
Joaquín Guzman’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo. (Photo: Univision)

As a matter of fact, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escaped from Mexico’s Altiplano prison last month because he feared being extradited to the U.S. or even murdered, declared the drug kingpin’s lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo in an exclusive interview with Univision.

“That was his intention, it was the solution to his fears; smartly he just knew: see you later, and broke away from jail”, said Badillo.
Document signed by Joaquín Guzmán Loera (Image: Univision)
Document signed by Joaquín Guzmán Loera (Image: Univision)
According to the lawyer, who claims to have known Guzman Loera since 1993, El Chapo, (or Shorty), became very worried when he realized that the U.S. government was requesting his extradition.
Guzman met with Badillo in the Altiplano prison last November and asked him to carry out a legal strategy to impede his extradition. Badillo, who specializes in the protection of individual rights, added that Guzman Loera was very worried about the petition for extradition to the United States, and said he doesn’t know how El Chapo heard about the document because it was kept in secrecy by the Mexican government.




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