Spain endorses extradition of former Venezuela’s spy-chief to the United States

Mar. 3 – Last Tuesday the Spanish government approved the extradition of Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal to the United States, where he is accused of drug and weapon trafficking.

Accused of drug smuggling into the United States – and of having ties with the Colombian rebel group FARC – Carvajal disappeared last November in Spain. At that time he was free in the country and, according to Spanish government, he is still missing.

Former general Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios ( Own work / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Initially Spanish police detained Mr. Carvajal last April, then released him in September after that the first American extradition request was rejected.

Mr. Carvajal was for several years the military intelligence leader under the former leader of Venezuela Hugo Chรกvez. Last February, during the huge political crisis in Venezuela, he exorted the military to break with the President Nicolas Maduro and to side with his main opponent, Juan Guaidรณ.

According to the United States Justice Department, Mr. Carvajal coordinated the delivery of 6.2 tons of cocaine to Mexico from Venezuela. If convicted, he might be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years up to a sentence of life.

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