Much is being made in the news, about the “suspension” of the extradition request of the United States for El Chapo, (Joaquín Guzmán Loera). Whereas it has been suspended, it is a temporary and almost automatic process, until all the outcome of appeals are ruled on, including those filed this week by his attorneys.
His attorney, José Refugio Rodríguez, is citing that the statute of limitations has been exhausted, on some of the crimes he is charged with.
His attorney also says that other charges are based purely on “hearsay” and not on direct evidence.
The process could take months to years, slowly crawly through the Mexican courts.
The murder charges against him by the United States, have been dropped, leaving drug trafficking, money laundering and arms possession charges standing against the capo, in various jurisdictions of the United States.
In May, Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, approved the extradition after receiving guarantees from the United States that Chapo would not face the death penalty.
In 2005, Mexico abolished capital punishment, and refuses to extradite its citizens if they would face possible execution.