ST LOUIS (LALATE) – La captura del Chapo Guzman immediately prompted worries by U.S. officials about one big issue. Could an El Chapo Guzman escape 2014 happen, could El Chapo escape from a Mexican prison as he did years earlier, and avoid both Mexican and U.S. prosecution? Tonight that fear has grown. El Chapo’s attorneys have successful won a “provision suspension” of any possible extradition of the Sinaloa cartel leader from Mexico to the U.S. And Mexico is allegedly is not being very helpful on the subject, seeking right of first prosecution. So what will happen to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (photos below)?
El Chapo Guzman understands that fighting and winning extradition is his best bet at escaping. Official remind news that El Chapo did not originally escape pending trial. Rather, the Mexican cartel leader was convicted and sentenced to twenty years in prison. El Chapo plotted his escape for roughly a half decade behind bars. And then, seven years into his prison term, El Chapo escaped.
At the time of his escape, El Chapo was being held in a maximum security facility in Mexico. He is currently in a similar facility. But U.S. officials admit worries of another escape.
The problem is right of first prosecution. Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora, Mexico’s ambassador to the United State, reminded U.S. news this week that Mexico has the right of first prosecution. It can defer on that, and allow the U.S. to prosecute El Chapo first, opening the door for extradition to the U.S. prompting for that possible U.S. case.
But what is Mexico doing? For now, they are seeking first prosecution in Mexico. Medina-Mora tells news “Bilateral security and justice cooperation between Mexico and the United States unfolds in a mature and serene way, and cases like Mr. Guzman’s are processed with openness. I think that the charges he faces in Mexico will be processed first and an eventual extradition request would be considered at the appropriate time.”
So is Mexico working against U.S. authorizes in the matter, even though DEA agents are widely credited in cracking El Chapo’s communication system this month and capturing the cartel leader? For now, Medina-Mora has said clearly that El Chapo will face prosecution in Mexico first, not second. Hence don’t expect extradition support anytime soon from Medina-Mora. “Mr. Guzman could eventually face the charges against him in the U.S., after facing the charges against him in Mexico.”
The ambassador is clearly against extradition at this time. “If and when we receive an extradition request, it will be analyzed by the appropriate Mexican legal authorities and if granted, Mexico will decide upon the right moment to execute that possible extradition request.” He added “Mr. Guzman still has pending time to serve in Mexico from his original sentence and he also faces new charges in Mexico that will be processed in Mexican federal courts.”
For now, El Chapo has won the first victory. A federal judge has suspended any extradition for now and is asking further papers from prosecutors and El Chapo’s attorneys to decide whether to deny the extradition permanently. Officials tell news that the process could take several weeks. Officials in a news statement said “It is too early to give a position right now [on extradition].”