Mexico City (EFE) .
The Fifth District Court in Matters of Amparo and Federal Trials in the State of Mexico, where Ovidio is imprisoned, granted an amparo to the alleged drug trafficker who freezes his extradition, according to file 63/2023.
The judge granted a “definitive suspension”, a legal resource that does not imply that the possible extradition is cancelled, but rather prevents the act until the amparo trial is resolved.
“The definitive suspension is granted, so that the direct complainant is not extradited and remains at the disposal of this court of protection, in what corresponds to his personal freedom,” the ruling indicated.
The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) can still challenge the sentence, but the case would be referred to a collegiate court to review the precautionary measure of Ovidio, known as one of the main heirs of Chapo, former head of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The injunction comes days after another federal judge set the March 5 deadline for the US State Department to formally request Ovidio’s extradition to that country, where a court seeks to try him for drug trafficking.
A key catch for the US.
The Mexican Army detained Ovidio on January 5 in the northern state of Sinaloa and later transferred him to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) number 1 Altiplano, also known as the Almoloya prison, located in the State of Mexico, where he also his father was held, who escaped from there in 2015
The arrest was surprising as it occurred days before US President Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico on the occasion of the North American Leaders Summit, although the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, denied any relationship between the two events.
The United States, which offered 5 million dollars for his capture since December 2021, accuses the alleged drug trafficker of crimes that deal with the conspiracy to introduce drugs into that country.