Mexico: Extradition of “Queen of Pacific” blocked

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August 10, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in PND News

"A Mexican federal court on Monday turned down a US extradition request for the 'Queen of the Pacific' Sandra Avila Beltran, pictured in this undated file photo. Ms. Avila is facing multiple criminal charges in Mexico, and is wanted in the US for drug trafficking. According to El Universal, the Mexico City-based First Circuit Court has ruled that Ms. Avila’s extradition, which had been authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is unlawful because it involves the same charges (drug trafficking) that she faces in Mexico. Under international law, it is customary for a person to be extradited to another country only if they face a different, and typically more serious, set of criminal charges." (08/10/11)  

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