Mexican authorities ad that they overturned the acquittal of former Sinaloa cartel leader Hector Luis Palma Salazar, who led the union alongside his childhood friend Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman from the late 1980s until upon his arrest in 1995.
Meanwhile, Palma, also known as “El Guero”, gained notoriety for its close and corrupt relationship with Mexico’s Federal Judicial Police, using its connections to evade capture and secure release or conviction. light of the members of the Sinaloa cartel.
Mexico extradited him to the United States where he spent nine years in prison before being returned to Mexico in 2016, where he was charged with the murder of two police officers in 1995 and held in the maximum security prison. from the Altiplano.
However, at the end of April, a lower court acquitted Palma, arguing that his trial was a case of double jeopardy. That decision was overturned by a higher appeals court on Monday and Palma was sent back to the Altiplano.
The April acquittal was seen as a national embarrassment for Mexico under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has always been accused of being gentle with the cartels.