'El Chapo' denied petition against US extradition

FILE - In this June 10, 1993 file photo, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo" Guzman, is shown to the media after his arrest at the high security prison of Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City. Joaquin Guzman spent months corrupting his guards at a Mexican prison, then tricked them into thinking they would get a cut of some gold being smuggled out of the prison the night of Jan. 19, 2001. Instead, he smuggled himself out on a laundry cart with the help of a maintenance worker on his payroll. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
March 5, 2014 5:17:43 PM PST
A Mexican judge has denied drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman an injunction against any extradition to the United States.

The Federal Judicial Council says in a statement that the judge rejected Guzman's petition because the U.S. government hasn't filed an extradition request. If the U.S. does file a request, Guzman will be free to go back to court to seek an injunction.

The council also said Wednesday that Guzman faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in five different Mexican federal courts. The Mexican government has said he will not be extradited soon to the U.S., where he has been indicted in several states.

Guzman was arrested last month after 13 years as a fugitive since escaping from prison. He is being held in Mexico's highest-security prison.


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