By: Agence France-Presse
Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of many world’s most infamous criminals, is claiming his extradition to the United States was unlawful and needs a US choose to dismiss his case.
The 60-year-old kingpin, accused of operating the Sinaloa cartel — one of many world’s greatest drug empires — was extradited to New York on January 19, and is being held in solitary confinement in Manhattan pending trial subsequent April.
But in a brand new courtroom submitting, his public defender attorneys say his extradition violated the phrases of Mexico’s preliminary settlement to ship Guzman to both Texas or California, and violated the Mexico-US extradition treaty.
They additionally allege that had Mexico recognized of “the extraordinarily harsh conditions” of his US confinement, it might by no means have signed off on his extradition.
“These conditions… are tantamount to torture. Had Mexico been advised of these conditions, it almost certainly would not have consented to Mr Guzman’s detention and prosecution in this district,” stated the courtroom papers.
His attorneys are additionally difficult the US authorities’s want to grab $14 billion in Guzman’s purported drug earnings, saying there was “no evidence” the United States sought permission from Mexico to pursue such a forfeiture.
Federal Judge Brian Cogan has but to rule on the request.
Guzman faces a litany of firearms, drug trafficking and conspiracy charges within the US federal courtroom in Brooklyn, New York. If convicted, he’ll possible spend the remainder of his life in a most safety US jail.
The protection repeatedly has challenged the conditions of his custody.
In May, Cogan agreed to chill out solely barely only a handful of the conditions, permitting him to change pre-screened written messages together with his spouse however denying him household visits and cellphone calls.(AFP)