El Chapo's Lawyer Wants Trump to Deport the Drug Lord

Lawyer notes that Joaquin Guzman is both 'illegal and criminal'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2017 8:24 PM CST
Mexican Lawyer Asks Trump to Deport El Chapo
El Chapo's lawyer Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza, seen here in 2016, has asked President Trump to deport the jailed drug lord to Mexico.   (Rebecca Blackwell)

A lawyer who has worked on behalf of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is trying a novel legal tactic: calling on President Trump to deport the Mexican drug lord back home from his jail cell in the US. The AP reports that lawyer Jose Luis Gonzalez Meza held up a banner outside the Mexican Attorney General's Office in Mexico City on Wednesday that read: "Mr. Trump, Deport the illegal and criminal Chapo Guzman." Trump has pledged to deport migrants who have committed illegal acts.

Gonzalez Meza said Mexican prosecutors violated due process when they extradited Guzman in January. "That means he is in the United States illegally," the lawyer said. "We are going to ask he be returned, because he is illegal and criminal!" Guzman faces US drug trafficking, money laundering, and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty. (More Joaquin Guzman stories.)

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