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"El Chapo" moved to prison near US border

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP, AP, Reuters
"El Chapo" moved to prison near US border

<ul> <li>Drug cartel kingpin can be extradited – judge</li> <li>Moved to prison near US border</li> <li>“A violation of human rights” – lawyer</li> </ul> <h3><strong>What is happening?</strong></h3> <p>A Mexican judge has ruled that drug lord Joaquin Guzman can be extradited to face charges in the United States.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video: Mexican drug kingpin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Guzman?src=hash">#Guzman</a> transferred to prison near U.S. border<a href="https://t.co/5123kbUWpX">https://t.co/5123kbUWpX</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/729328819803324416">May 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Guzman, who is known as “El Chapo”, was transferred to a prison on Ciudad Juarez on the country’s northern border with the United States. </p> <h3><strong>Does this mean Guzman is about to be extradited?</strong></h3> <p>Not necessarily.</p> <p>Senior Mexican official said his extradition was in motion and would happen by mid-year.</p> <p>However, government sources say nothing is likely to happen for weeks.</p> <p>The head of Mexico’s federal prisons service has denied Guzman’s transfer is a preamble to extradition.</p> <p>Prisoners awaiting extradition are routinely sent to Hermosillo jail in north-western Mexico and not Ciudad Juarez, where Guzman has <br /> been taken.</p> <h3><strong>Who is El Chapo?</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UPDATE?src=hash">#UPDATE</a> Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman transferred to a prison in Ciudad Juarez on the US border <a href="https://t.co/kuItobmP8J">https://t.co/kuItobmP8J</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/729001240542195712">May 7, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <ul> <li>Boss of the powerful Sinaloa cartel</li> <li>“The World’s most-wanted drug trafficker”</li> <li>Captured February 2014</li> <li>Escaped from prison July 2015</li> <li>Recaptured in January 2016</li> </ul> <h3><strong>What charges does he face?</strong></h3> <p>Guzman faces a range of charges, including:</p> <ul> <li>money laundering</li> <li>drug trafficking</li> <li>kidnapping</li> <li>murder</li> </ul> <p>He is wanted for questioning in a number of cities including Chicago, Miami and New York.</p> <h3><strong>What have his lawyers said?</strong></h3> <p>Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman’s lawyers, says his client’s legal situation is still being processed.</p> <p>Nine appeals are pending against his extradition.</p> <p>Badillo says to extradite him now would be a violation of his human rights.</p> <p>Off-the-record, officials have hinted that the decision to extradite Guzman is a political call and will be made by the president.</p>