Ovidio Guzmán’s lawyer rules out collaborating, for now, with US authorities

(Photo: Infobae Mexico)
(Photo: Infobae Mexico)

It has been 19 days since the extradition of Ovidio Guzman to the United States, nine months since his arrest in Culiacán, Sinaloa, and the rumors regarding his possible collaboration with the North American authorities it has gained strength; so his lawyer came out to declare that it is not in his plans – for now – to reach a settlement. agreement.

“It’s still early,” said the lawyer. Alberto Diaz Mendieta in an interview with journalist Azucena Uresti, where she once again pointed out how “illegal” the extradition of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán’s son to the United States.

The legal representative of Ovidio Guzman assured that the guidelines established by law to carry out a procedure of extradition: “The agreement says that once the 30 days to carry out a challenge “An extradition could be applied, and there was none here.”

Since the Justice Department American confirmed that Ovidio Guzman was sent to the northern neighbor to face the justice of that country, his lawyers insisted on pointing out the “Illegality” of the process by not notifying them about the start of the process and thus denying them the opportunity to promote a protection.

Ovidio Guzmán was extradited when requested by the District Court of Columbia in the United States.  (Infobae)
Ovidio Guzmán was extradited when requested by the District Court of Columbia in the United States. (Infobae)

During his first hearing in a Chicago court, Ovidio Guzman pleaded not guilty to the charges against him methamphetamine trafficking, cocaine, marijuana and fentanyl. According to his lawyer in Mexico, the interest he has for now is to reverse his process of extradition.

Díaz Mendieta assured that they will exhaust all avenues to find out the reason why the law was not respected. due processthis despite the “interest and willingness” of Ovid to confront their legal situation with the Mexican authorities.

For now, my client has been used to establish the issue of fentanylit is a delicate topic for USA and Mexico (…) Fentanyl cannot be used outside of legal procedures,” the lawyer highlighted.

The litigant announced that part of the strategy to Ovidio Guzman could be similar to the one followed by Emma Coronelwife of J.oaquín El Chapo Guzmán and who managed to reduce his sentence: “But it is still early to decide,” he indicated.

Regarding the rumors that refer to a possible collaboration and so reduce your sentence in the US, the lawyer highlighted that the process against Ovid It is only in its first phase and there are still several months left for it to continue; time they will take to define the strategy.

Joaquín ''El Chapo'' Guzmán's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro (c), in a file photograph.  EFE/Kevin Hagen
Joaquín ”El Chapo” Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro (c), in a file photograph. EFE/Kevin Hagen

Despite being identified by the United States authorities as a collaborator of the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic drugs and launder money, Emma Coronel She was only sentenced to 36 months in prison, which she served on September 13.

The wife of Chapo Guzman went through the door of his prison in Texas to recover the freedom which was taken from him since February 2021.

Part of his strategy behind bars consisted of plead guilty before US federal prosecutors; Later, American federal agents confirmed to the magazine Process that the former beauty queen would have surrendered in search of being able to benefit from the protected witness program.

This would be a path I could follow. Ovidio Guzman. Although from the words of his lawyer, it is clear that despite being on the table, it is a strategy that has not been defined.

Even President Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented on the matter when he was asked if the extradition of Ovidio Guzman corresponded to the acceptance of an agreement to be a protected witness: “I have no information, we still don’t know anything,” said the man from Tabasco.

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