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‘El Chapo’ extradition could take a year: prosecutor

January 11, 2016

MEXICO CITY — Extraditing Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to the United States could take a year or more, a prosecutor said on Monday, three days after the former fugitive’s recapture.

“I could say as an estimate that it could be at least a year,” José Manuel Merino, the international affairs official at the attorney general’s office, told Radio Formula.

But Merino warned that the process could last as a long as four to six years depending how hard Guzmán’s lawyers fight his extradition through injunctions.

Guzmán’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, has vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Interpol Mexico agents went to Guzmán’s prison near Mexico City on Sunday to execute two arrest warrants for his extradition, formally launching the process. The foreign ministry would have to give the final green light after judges issue a ruling.

Mexico received the U.S. extradition requests last year on a slew of charges, including drug trafficking and homicide. Guzmán is wanted in half a dozen U.S. states.

Guzmán is now back in the same maximum-security prison he escaped from in July last year.

The drug lord was arrested in February 2014 but it only took him 17 months to escape from the Altiplano penitentiary after his henchmen dug a 1.5-kilometer tunnel to set him free.

Guzmán was recaptured on Friday in a deadly military raid in Los Mochis, a northwestern seaside city in his home state of Sinaloa.

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