El Chapo's Lawyers Denied Extradition Documents

Some new developments in the extradition efforts against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman:

His lawyer Jose Refugio was refused permission to meet with El Chapo when he went to the Prison.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to give his lawyer, Andres Granados Flores, a copy of its extradition orders. It said it had given the certified copies directly to El Chapo.[More...]

Granados was at the headquarters of Mexico's National Human Rights Commission to present a complaint against the Mexican government, saying it was trying to interfere with Guzman's defense by denying it copies of a Friday ruling that his extradition to the United States can proceed.

Guzman's lawyers need a copy of the document in order to file an appeal, but officials have said they sent the document directly to the drug lord in prison, where lawyers have limited access to him. Granados said it was an intentional delaying tactic on the part of the government.

How can his legal team prepare a writ of amparo against the extradition order if they don't have a copy of it and they aren't allowed to meet with El Chapo who does have a copy?

Granados Flores, who put El Chapo together with Kate del Castillo and Sean Penn, also said today he will sue Univision and Netflix if they proceed with plans for an El Chapo show using El Chapo's nickname and image without paying for it. Granados said they could make licensing arrangements with Kate del Castillo who El Chapo granted rights to tell his story. He suggested El Chapo might be willing to add his input to the story if paid.

Question: How can they pay El Chapo anything when he's on the specially designated kingpin list forbidding anyone to engage in financial transactions with him? Lawyers can apply for an OFAC license to be paid by El Chapo for legal representation, but I don't know of any license the TV networks can get to pay El Chapo.

As to negotiations with the U.S., Granados Flores contradicts another of El Chapo's lawyers who said he's actively working on an agreement with the U.S. Granados says they can't begin talking settlement until El Chapo gets to the U.S.

"He would have to be in the United States first" for any deal to be negotiated, Granados said. "The person who would have to do that negotiating is the U.S. lawyer" for Guzmán, who he refused to identify.

An interview with his lawyer Jose Refugio is here (use google translate).

A new interview with El Chapo's lawyer Juan Pablo Badillo Soto who has represented him since his capture in Guatemala in 1993 and has filed most of his writs for Amparo is here. He says the prior writs of amparo he filed which were granted require the Government to keep El Chapo safe and prevent him from being tortured.

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    Sounds like a real Catch 22 (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by fishcamp on Thu May 26, 2016 at 09:23:43 AM EST
    down there with the extradition papers.  While Univision could undoubtedly pay some big bucks to el Chapo, I would guess he has scadzillions stashed around Mexico to pay his lawyer.  Now that they have him the Federales don't know what to do with him.  He needs to escape again.  Maybe a tunnel straight down to Hell.

    Catch 22 (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Thu May 26, 2016 at 09:37:56 AM EST
    At this point, el Chapo is  that pair of legs teetering on the floating dock after the plane passed...

    How better to fulfill the demands (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Wed May 25, 2016 at 08:05:23 PM EST
    granted by the successful writs of Amparo, to "keep el Chapo safe" and "prevent his torture," than by transporting him to a private cell in America's private hell, ADX Florence.

    From your description it sounds like he is being steamrolled by a D.F. that wants Guzman gone, whatever the political cost.  I wonder if he's even in Mexico at this point.

    What else would you expect... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Dadler on Thu May 26, 2016 at 10:46:41 AM EST
    ...from a government that makes American government corruption look quaint? Be serious. You are supporting a candidate for Prez who would thing extraditing El Chapo is worth a thousand cackle-laughs, spare me your trepidation. Don't want this sh*t to happen, don't support pols who will be ultimately in charge of it. Word.

    At this point... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Thu May 26, 2016 at 11:57:24 AM EST
    El Chapo should run for President, we will then have reached maximum surreal overdrive.

    Now if we had a master negotiator on par with Donald Trump (by Donald Trump estimations) in the DOJ, we could arrange an El Chapo for Donald Trump swap :)


    Good one and (none / 0) (#6)
    by fishcamp on Thu May 26, 2016 at 05:33:32 PM EST
    Sonny Barger could be his VP...

    Regarding the swap, (none / 0) (#7)
    by fishcamp on Thu May 26, 2016 at 05:38:07 PM EST
    the media would make it impossible, so  The Donald and El Chapo would have to use the tunnels.  Sensationalism at its finest.

    If Reagan could trade arms for hostages... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by kdog on Fri May 27, 2016 at 08:41:57 AM EST
    surely a swap of a ruthlessly successful businessman with millions of satisfied customers  for Donald Trump could be arranged;)

    Where's Geraldo? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Thu May 26, 2016 at 07:10:09 PM EST