‘El Chapo’ Guzmán News: Mexican Druglord Will Not Be Extradited to U.S.

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'El Chapo' Guzmán will apparently not be extradited to the United States. The Mexican government has declared that it has "no intention" of letting Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán be extradited to face justice in the United States. The country's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, confirmed that the American government has made no formal request for the Sinaloa cartel leader to be handed over to the U.S. where he is wanted in numerous districts on a number of different charges. 

'El Chapo' Guzmán is wanted in states from Illinois to New York on charges ranging from drug trafficking, conspiracy to traffic, money laundering and even murder. However, the United States has not sent a formal request for extradition to their Mexican counterparts. Whether or not this request is formalized, Murillo Karam admitted that "the truth is we have no intention of sending him [to the United States]" given that he is facing eight different penal processes against him.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán was arrested on February 22nd in Mazatlán, Mexico after a 13-year manhunt following his dramatic 2001 escape from prison. However, 'El Chapo'  was denied a writ of amparo last month, meaning he could still be extradited. A Mexican judges denied the writ of amparo put forward by his defense team to prevent his extradition. The Eight District Court Judge of Penal Matters in Mexico City revealed that the amparo 200/2014, made by Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera against his extradition had been denied. 

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.