Mexico prosecutors appeal drug lord's release

AP News
Posted: Aug 23, 2013 10:26 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed an appeal with Mexico's Supreme Court against a court's decision to free a drug lord.

The Attorney General's Office says it has asked the country's highest court to review a federal court's decision to release Rafael Caro Quintero because the court's arguments are "absurd and illogical."

Caro Quintero was 28 years into a 40-year sentence for helping orchestrate the 1985 killing of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. He has disappeared from the public eye since his release two weeks ago.

A three-judge federal appeals court overturned his sentence in Camarena's case on procedural grounds, saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of federal court.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday the panel's arguments were illogical.