Mexico’s most famous criminal, El Chapo, is likely to be extradited to face trial in the US after a ruling by a Mexican federal judge.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was transferred to a prison on the border with Texas just days ago. Mexico’s foreign ministry now has 20 days to approve the extradition but El Chapo’s lawyers say the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
El Chapo’s escape from The Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 (otherwise known as Altiplano, the maximum security prison in Mexico) last July – through a mile-long tunnel which opened into his cell-room shower – humiliated the Mexican government. It also served to highlight the deep vein of corruption in the country’s prison system.
Guzmán, who faces at least seven criminal indictments in several US states, on charges including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug distribution, was recaptured in January.
He has returned to Altiplano with much stricter conditions including, his family says, being constantly woken by guards.