Spain agrees to extradite wanted Venezuelan ex-intel chief to US

Hugo Carvajal speaks during an extradition hearing at the National Court in Madrid in September. (File photo: AP)

Spain’s High Court has agreed to extradite former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal to the United States, reversing a previous ruling to deny the extradition request, EFE news agency reported on Friday, citing judicial sources.

Carvajal’s lawyer told Reuters she had not been notified of any court decision.

The former general was arrested by Spanish police in April at the request of US authorities, but Spain’s High Court then ruled in September that he should be released and his extradition request denied.

Carvajal, an ally of Venezuela’s late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, is wanted by US authorities for alleged drug trafficking.

He has previously denied accusations that he collaborated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to help smuggle cocaine into the United States.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:05 - GMT 11:05