Mexican judge grants extradition of El Chapo to the US

A federal judge in Mexico approved last Friday the extradition of the Mexican drug lord to the United States on kidnapping, drug trafficking and murder charges. The Mexican government has 30 days now to approve the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

However, Mexico’s Attorney General claims that extradition to the US could take months. The reason is that multiple appeals against extradition are pending and extraditing “El Chapo” before any of these appeals is settled would be a violation of his human rights. The delay in the process would depend on how vehemently “El Chapo” fights the extradition request.

The extradition proceedings were formally initiated in January 2016, shortly after the recapture of El Chapo.

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