Mexico aims to fulfill U.S. extradition request for "Chapo" Guzman-sources

by Reuters
Saturday, 9 January 2016 16:23 GMT

MEXICO CITY, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mexico's government aims to fulfill a request from the United States to extradite the newly-recaptured drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman to face drug trafficking charges, sources familiar with the situation said on Saturday.

The Mexican Attorney Generals office will be working as fast as possible to establish the path to extradition, and Chapo could be extradited by mid-year, one of the sources said. However the timing will likely depend on any injunctions filed by Guzmans lawyers.

"The objective is to fulfill the extradition request," one source said.

Extraditing Guzman to the United States would help allay fears the drug lord could use his massive fortune to bribe prison officials and escape from a Mexican maximum security jail yet again. (Reporting by Dave Graham and Simon Gardner; Editing by Mary Milliken)