Venezuela’s former head of intelligence awaits extradition from Madrid to U.S. on drug trafficking charges

In September 2019, the Audiencia Nacional rejected the extradition after perceiving "political motivation" and released Carvajal, but later reversed its decision in response to an appeal by the U.S. authorities and authorized his extradition.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Captured on Thursday (9) in Madrid after almost two years on the run, former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo "el Pollo" Carvajal is now in prison, awaiting extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for alleged drug trafficking.

Head of the Venezuelan intelligence services under the presidency of late Hugo Chavez, Carvajal "must go directly to prison to be transferred to the United States," said a spokesman of the Audiencia Nacional, the Madrid court in charge of extraditions.

The court gave the final go-ahead for his extradition in November 2019, but when police reached . . .

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