Venezuela’s former army intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal has gone lacking in Spain days after native media reported a Spanish courtroom had agreed to extradite him to the USA on drug trafficking fees.
“They’re at present in search of him,” stated a spokeswoman for Spain’s nationwide police on Wednesday, referring to Carvajal, also referred to as El Pollo (the rooster).
Judicial sources stated police had gone to his home in Madrid after Friday’s courtroom choice however couldn’t find him.
Carvajal’s lawyer Maria Dolores de Arguelles informed AFP she had “not been knowledgeable” they have been going to rearrest him, including that she didn’t know his whereabouts.
In mid-September, Spain’s Nationwide Courtroom had rejected a US extradition request, as a substitute ordering the discharge of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief below the late Venezuelan chief Hugo Chavez.
His launch adopted 5 months in provisional detention after being arrested in Madrid in April.
However the courtroom reversed that call on Friday after accepting an enchantment from the general public prosecutor’s workplace, though full particulars of the ruling haven’t been made public.
On Monday Carvajal denied the experiences, saying that he was by no means “notified of any official decision.”
“In mild of the rumours within the press, my attorneys went to the Nationwide Excessive Courtroom on Friday and on Saturday and they’re additionally checking the official notification system continuously,” Carvajal said in a Twitter submit.
“As of now, neither my attorneys nor myself have been formally notified of any official decision on my case.”
A raíz de los rumores de prensa, mis abogados acudieron a la Audiencia Nacional el viernes y el sábado y revisan constantemente el sistema de notificación oficial. A la fecha, ni mis abogados, ni yo, hemos sido notificados formalmente de ninguna resolución judicial sobre mi caso.
— Hugo Carvajal (@hugocarvajal4f) November 11, 2019
Carvajal was stripped of his rank by the administration of President Nicolas Maduro after coming out in assist of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s performing president in February, and calling on the army forces to interrupt ranks and to permit a cargo of humanitarian help to Venezuela.
He then fled by boat, in a 16-hour journey, to the Dominican Republic in March, earlier than relocating to Spain in April.
Carvajal has lengthy been sought by US Treasury officers who suspect him of offering assist to drug trafficking actions of the FARC group in Colombia.
In an indictment filed in New York in 2011, Carvajal was accused of coordinating the transport of greater than 5.6 tonnes of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico in 2006 that was finally destined for the USA.
The US additionally stated Carvajal shaped a part of a drug cartel referred to as Los Soles, which not solely wanted to counterpoint its members “however used cocaine as a weapon towards the USA because of the antagonistic results of the drug on particular person customers.”
If convicted, Carvajal might face between 10 years and life in jail, the US Justice Division stated in April following his arrest.
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