Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman's lawyers announced Friday that they presented an appeal to the drug lord's extradition to the United States on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Attorneys Juan Pablo Badillo Soto and Jose Luis Gonzalez said in a press conference that the appeal was presented on Thursday before a federal court against the authorization granted on May 6 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hand over El Chapo to U.S. authorities.
They also accused President Enrique Peña Nieto, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu of “acting against the constitution.”
“It will take a long time for El Chapo to be extradited” Badillo Soto said adding that fits the possibility that his client may never be sent to the United States. “If the extradition goes ahead it will be a violation to the constitution.”
Another lawyer of the Sinaloa Cartel leader told EFE earlier this week that his client is not against facing justice in the United States and that he was already negotiating a deal to be extradited expeditiously in order to face a lesser sentence.
However, the El Chapos's lawyers decided to reject the extradition because if El Chapo is turned over to the U.S. he will never see his family again.
The Mexican Foreign Ministry explained that the extradition was granted since the requests made by the U.S. government comply with the requirements of the extradition treaty signed between the two countries.