- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

Mexico has approved a request by the U.S. government to extradite drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department made the ruling after “adequate guarantees” were given that he would not face the death penalty.

The drug lord’s lawyers now have 30 days to issue an appeal.

“We are going to do it, but not right away, because it’s a process you have to fight with arguments,” Jose Refugio Rodriguez, one of Guzman’s lawyers, said earlier in the week, The Associated Press reported Friday. “We have 30 days.”

Federal prosecutors in seven states are clamoring for the chance to try “El Chapo,” who has already escaped Mexican prisons twice before.

Guzman escaped a maximum-security prison in 2015 through a mile-long tunnel beneath the facility and spent six months as a fugitive. He also managed a prison escape in 2001.

Guards at a Ciudad Juarez prison near the U.S. border have Guzman under constant surveillance and those who interact with him have helmet-mounted cameras, AP reported.

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