Mexican court blocks drug lord’s extradition to U.S.

4/12/2017 Reuters

Mexican Supreme CourtA Mexican court has blocked efforts by the foreign ministry to extradite jailed drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva to the United States, judicial authorities said on Wednesday, just a few months after top kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sent north.

The Mexico City court granted Beltran Leyva, one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords until his capture in 2014, an injunction in his appeal against extradition due to technicalities involving a failure to follow due process.

In a statement, Mexico’s federal judicial authorities said the case would return to the original judge, who would begin the process afresh. Beltran Leyva remains locked up in the same high-security prison just outside Mexico City that Guzman escaped from through a mile-long tunnel in 2015.

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