Mexican lawyers who tried to avoid the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States announced on Tuesday that they will seek before international courts to declare the nullity of their trial in New York as “illegal”.
At a press conference in Mexico City, Juan Pablo Badillo and José Luis González argued that the transfer of the drug lord to New York in 2017 was outside the law, given that the extradition was only authorized for courts in California and Texas.
“As a result, all the judicial acts of this court in New York are null and void, because it is flawed in origin,” said Badillo, who said he did not stop representing Chapo “not even a single day”, despite his extradition.
This lawyer maintained that “El Chapo” “was illegally delivered to New York, he was confined in an extreme security prison in the illegal deprivation of his freedom and under a regime of physical and mental torture, in conditions of kidnapping.”
He said that they will argue that “this trial is null and void” before the International Court of Justice of The Hague and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in addition to exposing this situation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN and Amnesty International.
For his part, José Luis González lamented that “El Chapo” has only received one visit, that of his sister, since he was extradited to New York, so the lawyers will ask for “humanitarian visas” before the US embassy in Mexico so that other relatives can visit him.
He also announced that they will file a criminal complaint with the Mexican Prosecutor’s Office against former Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and former Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio “for having sent” Chapo “to the United States despite the existence of four unresolved amparos.
Both lawyers explained that they will travel to New York soon to meet with the drug trafficker and discuss their legal situation.
The jury of New York on Tuesday declared the “Chapo” guilty of the ten charges against him as responsible for the Sinaloa cartel, for which he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The defense of “El Chapo” during this trial that has lasted three months announced that it will appeal the condemnatory sentence against the drug trafficker, who was extradited to the United States on January 20, 2017 after having escaped in 2014 from a Mexican high security prison. . EFE