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Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Lawyers for Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have filed a legal challenge against a decision by the foreign ministry to approve his extradition to the United States, a newspaper reported on Friday.

A judge granted him "provisional suspension", meaning that the foreign ministry has 48 hours to present a report justifying its decision, Mexican newspaper El Universal reported.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry approved Guzman's extradition to the United States earlier in May, and said it had received guarantees that the death penalty would not be sought against him.

(Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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