Former Venezuelan spy chief arrested in Spain facing extradition to US

Carvajal

In May 2013, a Florida court accused him of having worked for Colombian drug traffickers from 2004 to 2010.

What Happened: A Spanish court ordered Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief, jailed on April 13 pending a decision on an extradition request by the United States, Reuters reported.

Carvajal told the court he left Venezuela a month ago, travelling by boat for 16 hours to reach the Dominican Republic before flying to Madrid.

The United States must now formalize its extradition request, which will be ruled upon by the High Court.

In February this year, from Spain, Mr Carvajal dramatically announced that he was abandoning Nicolas Maduro, the president, and supporting his rival Juan Guaido.

Friday's arrest is a result of a 2014 indictment by the Southern District of NY in which the U.S. Attorney's Office accuses Carvajal of having "coordinated the transportation of approximately 5,600 kilograms of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico" in 2006.

In 2014, Carvajal was detained at the request of the United States in Aruba, the Netherlands' island in the Caribbean, where he served as a Venezuelan consul general.

Carvajal denies the drug trafficking charges and is set to fight the U.S. extradition request. The US now needs to formalise its request for his extradition.

He went back to Venezuela and became a member of the National Assembly.

"We can't allow an army, in the hands of a few generals subjugated to Cuban instructions, to become the biggest collaborator of a dictatorial government that has plagued people with misery", he said in a video posted on Twitter. Guaido was later recognized by the United States and dozens of governments, but Maduro remains in office with support of the military and has denounced Guaido as a USA puppet.

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