(CNN) Mexico will begin proceedings to extradite two-time prison escapee Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera to the United States, where he faces drug trafficking charges connected to his cartel, the Mexican attorney general said Saturday.
"Since Guzman Loera has been recaptured, the beginning of the extradition proceedings should begin," the attorney general's office said in statement.
Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez noted how the U.S. government sought Guzman's extradition as early as June 16, before he escaped for a second time from a Mexican prison in July.
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The announcement settles a big question surrounding Guzman since Mexican authorities recaptured him on Friday: Would Mexico try to imprison the notoriously elusive kingpin for a third time -- and risk further international embarrassment if he were to escape again? The answer is no.