It was a long shot, but El Chapo’s lawyers moved that his case be dismissed. Their rationale was that the government of the United States violated international law by charging him with new crimes after his extradition. However, a federal judge denied the dismissal.
As you very well may know, El Chapo was extradited from Mexico to New York, where he is being held in a Manhattan maximum security lockup. He is facing charges linked to him leading an international multibillion-dollar drug enterprise which involved money laundering, kidnappings and brutal murders. His lawyers argued that he was slapped with different charges as he was en route to the US. However, Judge Brian Cogan ruled that “El Chapo can’t raise the issue without protest or objection from Mexico,” on Friday according to FOX 59.
El Chapo’s counsel was disappointed, but not surprised by the ruling. In a statement, attorney Michael Schneider wrote, “We still believe Mr. Guzman’s rights under the treaty were violated, and given that other Circuit Courts give the defendant the right to object to violations of extradition treaties, hope that the Supreme Court will decide this issue favorably to Mr. Guzman in the future.”
The lawyers also argued that El Chapo is being held in “inhumane and overly restrictive conditions” at the high-security lockup he’s in, which is the home to many mob terrorism suspects.
According to the report:
The U.S. government has argued that El Chapo’s strict jail conditions are appropriate for someone who escaped from prison twice in Mexico, including once through a tunnel dug to the shower in his cell. Prosecutors said that even while he was behind bars in Mexico he used coded messages, bribes and other means to control his drug trafficking operation, the Sinaloa cartel, and orchestrate his breakouts.
El Chapo’s case is set to commence in April. However, his defense is up in the air, because the team he hired to defend him are not sure that they will be able to be paid.