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Mexico Willing to Extradite "El Chapo" to US: Official
   2016-01-10 19:38:04    Xinhua      Web Editor: Chu Yiming

File photo taken on Jan 8, 2016 shows security forces members escorting the drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo" Guzman (C), at the hangar of the Attorney General of the Republic, in Mexico City, capital of Mexico. After an early morning raid in northwestern Mexico's Sinaloa State's town of Los Mochis by Mexican police and marines on Friday, Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera was recaptured, six months after his second prison break. In 2001, Guzman was wheeled out by a janitor in a laundry cart. Photo: Xinhua/Alejandro Ayala]

Mexican officials say the country is willing to extradite drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US.

An unidentified Mexican federal law enforcement official made the statement on Saturday.

Guzman was captured for the third time on Friday. He faces drug-trafficking charges in several US states.

However, Guzman's attorney Juan Pablo Badillo said on Saturday that the defense has filed six motions to challenge extradition requests.

"No, he shouldn't be extradited to the United States or any other foreign country. Why? Because in Mexico there are laws based on a fair constitution. In this case our country's national sovereignty must be respected, the sovereignty of its judicial institutions."

Meanwhile, Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope thinks Guzman's extradition is likely.

"I think so, he will be extradited eventually. I think this time there are two different elements compared to the capture in February 2014. First and fundamentally, now there is an official extradition request from the United States government, and now there are arrest warrants seeking his extradition."

Guzman was previously captured in 1993 and 2014. He escaped from prison both times.

He was captured on Friday in the Mexican city of Los Mochis. On Saturday, marines stood guard outside the house, where he was hiding before the arrest.



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