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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Mexico drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman moved to Juarez prison

5/7/2016 Associated Press 

elchapoMEXICO CITY (AP) — Convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who twice pulled off brazen jailbreaks and is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States, was abruptly transferred to a prison in northern Mexico near the Texas border early Saturday.

Lawyers for Guzman, who was recaptured in January, have filed multiple appeals against their client being sent to the U.S., and Mexican officials have said it could take as long as a year to reach a final ruling. There was no immediate indication that the transfer could be a sign that the process is nearing conclusion.

Mexican government officials said the Sinaloa cartel boss was moved from the maximum-security Altiplano lockup near Mexico City to the Cefereso No. 9 prison in Ciudad Juarez, which is across from El Paso, Texas. The Interior Department said the move was due to work being done to reinforce security at Altiplano.

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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.

Actor Kate del Castillo accuses Mexico of ‘witch-hunt’ over El Chapo links

3/11/2016 The Guardian

elchapoKate del Castillo, the actor whose contact with cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán helped lead to his capture, authorities allege, has accused the Mexican government of carrying out a “witch-hunt” as it pursues her on accusations of money laundering.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Del Castillo also said that coverage of her involvement was tawdry and sexist after flirtatious text messages between Del Castillo and El Chapo were leaked to the Mexican media, along with intelligence files on her journey with the actor Sean Penn to meet the fugitive capo.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox: I Would Have Already Extradited El Chapo

03/08/2016 The Huffington Post

Vicente_Fox_2After Mexican troops recaptured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in early January, Mexican officials finally agreed to start the process to extradite the kingpin to the United States.

Mexican officials chose not to extradite Guzmán after he was captured in the city of Mazatlan in the spring of 2014, arguing he should serve out his Mexican prison sentences first. In the summer of 2015, Guzmán escaped from the maximum security prison where he was being held through a tunnel leaving from the shower in his cell. It was the drug lord’s second prison break.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox told HuffPost Live in a conversation last week that he would have acted much more quickly were he still in office.

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US Border Security: Drug King Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Was Hiding In California Before He Was Captured By Mexico

3/43/16 International Business Times

elchapoMexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman illegally traveled to California twice last year after he escaped from a Mexican prison in 2015, raising questions about the security of the U.S. border. Guzman’s daughter, Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz, a U.S. citizen, claims her father crossed the border in late 2015 to visit relatives and tour a five-bedroom house he had purchased for her, the Guardian reported Friday.

Guzman was captured in January following an interview with actor Sean Penn in Mexico after a massive manhunt that lasted for seven months. Guzman Ortiz, 39, said her father bankrolled Mexican politicians to help him stay on the lam but would not explain how he crossed the U.S. border.

“My dad deposited the money in a bank account with a lawyer, and a while after, he came to see the house, his house. He came twice,” she said of the drug cartel leader.

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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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