Ovidio Guzmán, son of ‘Chapo’, cannot be extradited to the United States – International

A Mexican judge halted indefinitely on Wednesday the possible extradition to the United States of Ovid Guzman Lopez, one of the sons of Joaquín el ‘Chapo’ Guzmán.

The Fifth District Court in Matters of Amparo and Federal Trials in the State of Mexico, where Ovidio has been imprisoned since January 5, granted an amparo to the alleged drug trafficker who freezes his extradition, according to file 63/2023.

The judge granted a “definitive suspension”, a legal resource that does not imply that the possible extradition is cancelled, but that it prevents the act until the amparo trial is resolved.

“The definitive suspension is granted, so that the direct complainant is not extradited and remains at the disposal of this court of protection, in what corresponds to his personal freedom,” the ruling indicated.

The Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) can still challenge the sentence, but the case would be referred to a collegiate court to review Ovidio’s precautionary measureknown as one of the main heirs of ‘Chapo’, former head of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The injunction comes days after another federal judge set the March 5 deadline for the US State Department to formally request Ovidio’s extradition to that country, where a court seeks to try him for drug trafficking.

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The Mexican Army detained Ovidio on January 5 in the northern state of Sinaloa and later transferred him to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) number 1 Altiplano, also known as the Almoloya prison, located in the State of Mexico, where he also his father was held, who escaped from there in 2015.

The arrest surprised when it happened days before US President Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico on the occasion of the North American Leaders Summit, although the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, denied any relationship between the two events.

The United States, which offered 5 million dollars for his capture since December 2021, accuses the alleged drug trafficker of crimes that deal with the conspiracy to introduce drugs into that country.

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