Mexico aims to fulfill U.S. extradition request for 'Chapo' Guzman: sources

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Posted: Jan 09, 2016 11:33 AM

MEXICO CITY (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 General´s 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 Guzman´s 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)