El Chapo will fight extradition to the U.S. and his cartel lawyer has already filed six separate injunctions challenging requests to send him to face justice in America – meaning the whole process could take months.
‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the drug-lord’s go-to extradition attorney, Juan Pablo Badillo, said Mexico should stand up to the U.S. and trust in its institutions, despite his client previously escaping from two maximum security prisons. More after the cut…….
The U.S. has filed at least seven extradition requests in six different states for Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to be extradited but justice officials warned that his lawyers were likely to ‘milk it’ by firing off different appeals at different stages of the extradition battle to prolong the legal tussle.
Badillo and El Chapo go back a long way and first met in 1993. The attorney specializes in fighting extradition and has fought previous U.S. requests for the kingpin to be sent across the border. The Sinaloa cartel leader was captured on Friday after a daring 4am raid by Mexican marines at a motel in the town of Los Mochis. He had earlier fled a separate firefight at a house where five gangsters were killed and another six arrested with his right hand man, who was also later apprehended.
Badillo and El Chapo met in 1993 while the drug lord was incarcerated at a top-security prison in Puente Grande, in the western state of Jalisco, from where he would later escape in a laundry cart eight years later. Badillo said he only made six visits to El Chapo which means ‘the short one’ in Spanish while he was being held at the Altiplano jail and insists he did not know of his plans to break out – or where he went to after his escape.
El Chapo ‘shouldn’t be extradited to the United States or any other foreign country,’ Badillo said today after filing six separate injunctions fighting his client’s extradition. ‘Mexico has laws grounded in the constitution. Our country must respect national sovereignty, the sovereignty of its institutions to impart justice.’ He Added.