The son of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has denied being the Sinaloa Cartel boss' son in a desperate bid to avoid extradition to the United States.
Ovidio Guzman was arrested during a dramatic operation on January 5 that saw 10 military personal and 19 cartel members killed.
A police officer was also killed in the shoot-outs, with another 17 cops injured, along with 35 members of the armed forces.
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In a hearing where his legal team attempted to prevent him being deported to the US to face drug trafficking charges, 32-year-old Ovidio claimed that his arrest was a case of mistaken identity.
Ovidio is now expected to undergo a DNA test in order for the deportation to go ahead.
“I am not the person they think, who the United States claims,” Ovidio Guzman told judge Rogelio Diaz during the five-hour session, the Daily Mail reported.
Ovidio is being held at the maximum security Altiplano prison, where his father escaped through a tunnel in 2015.
As well as claiming that Ovidio is not El Chapo's son, lawyers also argued that the extradition request does not meet the guidelines of the treaty between the United States and Mexico.
There was some good news for Ovidio in court on Wednesday, when a district court judge suspended a warrant for his arrest in Mexico.
Ovidio is thought to have shared leadership of the 'Los Chapitos' section of the Sinaloa Cartel with his three brothers since his father was sentenced to life without parole in a US supermax jail in 2019.
US Department of Justice prosecutors have charged Ovidio with 11 counts including drug trafficking and money laundering.
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