Mexico arrests alleged killer of drug war journalist, says minister

04/24/2018 Reuters

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Mexico’s interior minister on Monday said that authorities had arrested the alleged murderer of a renowned journalist in northern Mexico whose death had become emblematic of a spike in violence across the country.

Javier Valdez was assassinated last year in the state of Sinaloa, which has been the scene of violent battles between gangs following the arrest and subsequent extradition early last year to the United States of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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Torture on YouTube, drugs in jalapeño cans: That’s part of what the government says it has on ‘El Chapo’

04/11/2018 CNN

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When Mexican cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman goes on trial in New York, federal prosecutors are expected to unveil evidence ranging from details of his sensational prison breaks to the drug ledgers of associates, from footage of tons of cocaine concealed in US-bound cans of jalapeños to YouTube video of a rival’s torture.

The conspiracy trial is set to begin in September, but a 90-page government memo filed in Brooklyn federal court this week outlines the evidence prosecutors hope to present as well as what they don’t want the jury to hear.

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El Chapo extradition: Mexico judge rejects appeal

10/20/16 BBC News

elchapoA Mexican judge has rejected an appeal by drugs lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman against his extradition to the US.

The foreign ministry approved the extradition in May but Guzman’s lawyers have been fighting the decision in a district court.

They say they will now take the case to a higher court.

The head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel was recaptured in January after escaping for a second time from a maximum security prison.

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El Chapo: Mexico grants extradition of drug lord to US

5/20/2016 BBC

elchapoMexico’s foreign ministry has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the US to face drug smuggling charges.

His lawyers have 30 days to appeal against the decision and even if it proceeds it could be months before he is sent north.

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Mexican attorney on interrogating ‘El Chapo’: He ‘owned the prison’

4/12/16 CNN

José_Antonio_OrtegaMexico City (CNN) José Antonio Ortega arrived early to his 10 a.m. appointment.

The criminal attorney was ready. He had everything he would need, including his briefcase with all the documents pertaining to the case. He wasn’t nervous. He felt more than prepared, but he wondered.
Would the suspect cooperate? Would he provide any meaningful new details that would help him solve the case?
All of a sudden, he got a phone call. It was a prison official saying the inmate was not ready. Ortega would have to wait a while longer. The hours went by.
By the time he got a call from the same prison official saying the hearing could proceed, it was well past 10 at night. A full 12 hours had passed since the scheduled time.
Ortega’s first shock was that he and an associate weren’t taken to the room where hearings were normally conducted, but to a room right next to that of the prison’s director, where a clerk was already setting up his printer and computer for the hearing.
The door opened and the inmate finally appeared. It was Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. He cracked a smile as if he were attending a social gathering and greeted everybody in the room.

El Chapo Wants To Come To U.S. To Escape Alleged Torture In Mexican Prison

3/2/2016 The Huffington Post

19437624579_88eab701c8_bThe Mexican government has treated drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán so harshly since he was recaptured in January that he now hopes to be extradited to the United States as soon as possible, one of his lawyers says.

José Refugio Rodríguez, the attorney leading Guzmán’s legal defense team, told the Mexican radio station Radió Fórmula on Wednesday that he met with his client the day before at the maximum-security Altiplano prison outside Mexico City. Rodríguez said Guzmán told him that guards are keeping him isolated and waking him up every few hours — treatment that Rodríguez said amounts to torture.

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Mexico Has Yet To Convict ‘El Chapo’ For Drug Trafficking

03/01/2016 The World Post

ElChapoMore than two decades after first locking up one of the most powerful organized crime bosses in a maximum security prison, Mexican authorities have yet to convict recently recaptured Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera for the crime of drug trafficking, according to a new report that highlights the Mexican government’s difficulties with prosecuting the drug lord.

Despite Guzmán’s notoriety as one of the leaders of the largest drug-trafficking empire in the Americas, Mexican authorities have only convicted him for three less serious offenses, according to court records obtained by the Mexican magazine Proceso. Moreover, prosecutors have repeatedly seen their cases against Guzmán fall apart.

Guzmán’s lawyers have succeeded in dismissing or overturning some 20 charges for crimes including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking, the report says. The cases have unraveled either because of a lack of evidence or because the defense exploited procedural errors committed by Mexican law enforcement.

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