spy chief extradited to US 

38 spy chief extradited to US 

Former head of navy intelligence Hugo Carvajal is dealing with drug trafficking costs

Hugo Carvajal, who headed Venezuela’s navy intelligence in the course of the rule of the late Hugo Chavez, has been extradited from Spain to the US, his lawyer has mentioned.

Carvajal landed in America on Wednesday and is anticipated to make his first look at a Manhattan federal courtroom on Thursday, lawyer Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma introduced.

The extradition has additionally been confirmed to Reuters by the US Lawyer’s workplace in Manhattan, which introduced the fees towards the 63-year-old.

New York prosecutors suspect Carvajal, who headed Venezuela’s navy intelligence between 2004 and 2011, in addition to from 2013 to 2014, of utilizing his place to assist drug trafficking by the now disarmed FARC guerrilla group in Colombia. They declare that in 2006, Carvajal coordinated the cargo of 5,600kg (1,235lbs) of cocaine to Mexico, with the US being the ultimate vacation spot for the medicine. The previous spy chief has repeatedly denied any hyperlinks to FARC or drug trafficking.

A Spanish courtroom ordered Carvajal’s quick extradition on Tuesday after the European Court docket of Human Rights final week turned down his final try and keep away from being delivered to the US. Judges in Strasbourg dominated that claims by the protection that the previous spy chief faces the “actual danger” of receiving a life sentence with out parole in America couldn’t be confirmed.

Carvajal fled Venezuela in 2019 after urging the military to activate President Nicolas Maduro throughout a failed try and seize energy by US-backed opposition determine Juan Guaido. He’s needed in his residence nation on a number of costs, together with treason and financing terrorism.

In line with reviews, Carvajal might also be of curiosity to the US because of his alleged possession of incriminating proof towards Maduro, who’s a staunch opponent of Washington.

The previous spy chief was first arrested in Spain in 2019, however averted extradition to the US after a courtroom determined that the American request at hand him over was “politically motivated.” 

Judges later backtracked on that call, however Carvajal went into hiding and was arrested once more solely in September 2021. In line with police, he remained in Spain throughout that point, typically altering addresses and even present process cosmetic surgery to hide his id.

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