Felix was extradited to US custody over the weekend after Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] signed off on the prisoner transfer, two years after the extradition was approved by a Mexican judge. In November 2005, The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website] ruled that prisoners serving life sentences can be extradited abroad [JURIST report], overturning a 2001 decision [EscapingJustice.com backgrounder] that prevented such prisoners from answering to charges in the US insofar as punishment there might be cruel and unusual and not directed at rehabilitation of the prisoner. A 1978 treaty between the US and Mexico still prevents the extradition of prisoners who face the death penalty. AP has more.
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