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Mugshots of El Chapo after his arrest on January 8, 2016 by the Prison he escaped from in summer 2015. He is being held at the same prison he escaped from last year.

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have filed two appeals against his extradition to the United States.

Lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez says the appeals argue the statute of limitations has ru out on some crimes Guzman is accused of in the United States.

Rodriguez says the defense also argues that the accusations against Guzman are based on hearsay, not direct evidence.

Rodriguez said Tuesday the appeals were filed late Monday in courts in Mexico City.

Rodriguez predicted it could take as long as three years to resolve the appeals.

In all, Guzman faces drug trafficking and other charges from seven U.S. federal prosecutors, including in Chicago, New York, Miami and San Diego.

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