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Mexico approves extradition of drug boss 'El Chapo' Guzman to U.S.

  • Recaptured drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016.
    Henry Romero/ReutersRecaptured drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016.
  • Juan Pablo Badillo (L), a lawyer representing drug lord Joaquin ''El Chapo'' Guzman, leaves from the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, where Guzman is imprisoned in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, January 15, 2016.
    Edgard Garrido/ReutersJuan Pablo Badillo (L), a lawyer representing drug lord Joaquin ''El Chapo'' Guzman, leaves from the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, where Guzman is imprisoned in Almoloya de Juarez, on the outskirts of Mexico City, January 15, 2016.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States and has received guarantees the death penalty will not be sought against him, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Under Mexican law, Guzman can appeal the decision, possibly delaying the process for weeks or months.

Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman's lawyers, told Reuters he would file "many" legal challenges in the coming days.

Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was one of the world's most wanted drug kingpins until his capture in January, six months after he broke out of a high-security penitentiary in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel.

The ministry said he would face charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and murder in U.S. federal courts in California and Texas.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said soon after Guzman's recapture that he would take steps to ensure his extradition as soon as possible.

Guzman to challenge extradition ruling, lawyer says

Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will file multiple legal challenges against Friday's ruling to extradite him, one of his lawyers said, a move that could delay his eventual transfer to face charges in the United States for weeks.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry on Friday approved Guzman's extradition to the United States, and said it had received guarantees that the death penalty would not be sought against him.

The ministry said he would face charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and murder in U.S. federal courts in California and Texas.

Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman's lawyers, told Reuters he would file "many" legal challenges in the coming days.

"El Chapo" was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and one of the world's most wanted drug kingpins until his capture in January, six months after he broke out of a high-security jail in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel.

The government recaptured him in January and President Enrique Pena Nieto said soon afterwards he had taken steps to ensure Guzman was extradited as soon as possible.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter.

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