The Spanish National Judicial Board granted the appeal of the Spanish prosecutor’s office to the decision of its court to refuse to extradite the former head of military intelligence of Venezuela (2004-2008) Hugo Carvajal to the United States, which was adopted in September this year. This was reported on Saturday.
It is noted that the Spanish government will have to approve the decision to allow extradition of Carvajal after it is officially announced. In turn, the lawyer of the former military told AFP that she had not yet read the decision of the Spanish court and intends to do so next week.
On September 16, the press service of the Spanish National Judicial Collegium told that the court refused to extradite Carvajal, as a result of which it was decided to release him from custody. The former head of the Venezuelan military intelligence was detained in April in Spain at the request of the United States in a drug trafficking case.
In 2008, the US Treasury Department put Hugo Carvajal on the sanctions list for financing the drug trafficking of the Colombian insurgent group Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, which the US Department of State included in the 2001 list of terrorist organizations.
Carvajal was an associate of Hugo Chavez. He condemned the rule of Maduro and in February recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of the republic.
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