Juan Pablo Badillo, one of the lawyers of incarcerated drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has vowed to block the extradition of Guzman to the United States.
The Mexican government approved the extradition of “El Chapo” to the United States on Friday after receiving guarantees he would not face the death penalty. But, the kinkgpin’s lawyers vowed to block the move.
Juan Pablo Badillo, told Reuters he would file “many” legal challenges in the coming days, which could delay the drug lord’s eventual extradition for weeks.
Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was the world’s most wanted drug kingpin until his capture in January, six months after he broke out of a high-security penitentiary in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel burrowed right up into his cell.
Mexico’s foreign ministry said he would face charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and murder in U.S. federal courts in California and Texas. The ministry said it was given “sufficient guarantees” by the U.S. government that Guzman would not be executed. It was not immediately clear where Guzman would be sent in the United States. (Reuters)
Photo shows Guzman.