The former spy chief of Venezuela Hugo Carvajal should be extradited from Spain to the US, Spain’s high court ruled.
“[The court] agreed to make effective the handover of the Venezuelan officer Hugo Armando ‘el Pollo’ Carvajal to the United States after confirming that he had been denied asylum,” the court said in a statement.
He is charged with drug trafficking as well as cooperation with the Colombian terrorist group Farc.
The United States is interested in Carvajal as he might have evidence against the current President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.
Carvajal himself denies all the charges and says that they are politically motivated.
He was the spy chief from 2004 to 2011. At first he endorsed Maduro but a while later distanced himself from the Venezuelan President and accused him of corruption, fleeing Venezuela and seeking asylum in Spain.
He will not be sent to the US right away as he still has a chance to appeal.
“We still have to decide what we will do now, which proceedings we will pursue,” his lawyer Nielson Vilela said in a statement.
Carvajal had spent the last two years in hiding following the court’s first granting of permission for his extradition in 2019.