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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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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‘El Chapo’: Mexico’s Extradition Process Briefly Explained

1/11/2016 InSight Crime

InSightLogo_main_24bitMexico confirmed that it has begun the process to extradite Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States, but it could be a year or more before the recaptured drug kingpin is handed to the US justice system.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República – PGR) announced on January 10 that it had launched formal extradition proceedings.In a statement on its website, the PGR said that two Interpol agents had served Guzmán with two warrants in prison. But Mexican officials said Guzmán’s ability to challenge his extradition could mean the entire process could take at least a year, the BBC reported.

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Mexico court confirms halt to drug lord’s extradition order

8/11/15 Yahoo News

ElChapoA Mexican court upheld a ruling suspending the arrest warrant to extradite escaped drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, in a setback for government lawyers. A judge had granted the suspension of the warrant last month after Guzman’s attorneys filed a petition to throw out the order issued by another court.

The extradition order had been issued at the request of prosecutors three weeks after Guzman made a spectacular escape from a maximum security prison. Guzman has been a fugitive since July 11 when he slipped out of his prison cell through a tunnel. President Enrique Pena Nieto’s decision to try Guzman in Mexico instead of immediately extraditing him to the United States last year has come under scrutiny since his latest escape.

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand trial in Mexico 1st, and any extradition to U.S. likely years away

Scales - justice - inequalityCBS News, 2/26/14

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman appears set to remain in Mexico’s highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, as the government puts off U.S. extradition in a move that could bolster President Enrique Pena Nieto’s nationalist credentials but also shine a spotlight on the country’s woeful judicial system.

Experts say Pena Nieto’s administration and those of his predecessors have proven unable to match headline-grabbing arrests like Guzman’s with complex, long-term investigations and prosecutions of deep-rooted criminal networks. Cases have stalled and cartels have continued to operate. Last year, one of Guzman’s closest allies walked out of the prison where the U.S. said he was running drugs from behind bars.

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Mexican Navy says captures top drug boss “El Coss”

Reuters, 9/13/12

The Mexican Navy said on Wednesday it had captured one of Mexico’s most wanted drug bosses, the head of the Gulf Cartel, in what would mark a major victory in President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on organized crime…

Islas said he expected Costilla to be extradited to the United States, and that his testimony could prove damaging to officials in Tamaulipas and neighboring Veracruz state, which has also been dogged by allegations of corruption…

With Costilla’s apparent capture, the cartel is looking increasingly weak, and bloody turf wars for control of the northeastern border with Texas would now intensify. “There will be an increase in violence there,” Islas said.

The stage was now set for increased hostilities in the region between Mexico’s two most powerful gangs, Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas, he noted.

This could prove a headache for Pena Nieto, who has vowed to quickly reduce the number of beheadings and mass executions. There have been more than 55,000 drug-related deaths in Calderon’s six-year offensive against cartels.

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Mexico Extradites Suspected Hezbollah Member

Fox News Latino, 9/11/12

Mexican authorities have arrested and extradited a U.S. citizen with  suspected ties to the Lebanese extremist organization Hezbollah, according to  news reports.

Rafic Mohammad Labbon Allaboun was arrested Saturday in an operation  coordinated by Mexico’s National Migration Institute and the Secretariat of  Public Security, according to Mexican daily El Universal.  He was detained in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, along with two other foreigners  wanted in the United States.

Once a prominent Muslim leader in Northern California, Labboun spent over two  years in prison for credit card fraud, CBS News reports.  Authorities suspected that the $100,000 in credit card fraud was linked to  Hezbollah’s money laundering activities, but could not prove the charge in  court.

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