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El Chapo reportedly files legal challenge against extradition

The Mexican drug boss has filed a legal challenge against the approval of his extradition to the US.

FILE: Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City’s airport on 8 January, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Picture: AFP.

MEXICO - Lawyers for Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have filed a legal challenge against a decision by the foreign ministry to approve his extradition to the United States, a newspaper reported on Friday.

A judge granted him "provisional suspension", meaning that the foreign ministry has 48 hours to present a report justifying its decision, Mexican newspaper El Universal reported.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry approved Guzman's extradition to the United States earlier in May, and said it had received guarantees that the death penalty would not be sought against him.

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