Mexico OKs Extradition of El Chapo to US

It could still be months before the extradition actually happens
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2016 3:30 PM CDT
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City last January.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

(Newser) – Mexico's Foreign Relations Department has ruled that the extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States can go forward, the AP reports. The process can still be appealed, meaning it could be weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent north. Guzman's lawyers now have 30 days to appeal the decision. The department said Friday that the US has guaranteed that Guzman would not face the death penalty, which is not applied in Mexico. (Read more Joaquin Guzman stories.)

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