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February 01, 2006
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Mexico's Supreme Court makes U.S. extradition one step closer

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY- Mexico's Supreme Court on Tuesday removed another stumbling block to extraditing criminals to the United States, ruling that a U.S.-Mexico treaty supersedes domestic law.

The court ruled in a 7-3 vote that a suspect, in order to be sent north to face trial, would be subject only to the treaty's requirements and not the slightly different demands in Mexico's own Law on International Extradition.

The difference between the two had provided suspects with a point of appeal, which threatened to draw out the already lengthy extradition process.

In November, the court overturned a 4-year-old ban on the extradition of suspects facing life in prison, removing an obstacle that had prevented many of the country's most notorious criminals from being sent to the United States.

The 1978 extradition treaty with the United States allows Mexico to deny extradition if a person faces the death penalty.

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