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Spain will extradite Hugo “Pollo” Carvajal, Hugo Chávez’s former intelligence chief, to the United States

The Spanish Justice agreed to the extradition to the United States of the former Venezuelan Chavista general Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, detained in Madrid and considered the Most wanted fugitive for drug trafficking, after being denied asylum in Spain.

The Spanish National Court decided this Wednesday that Carvajal be at the disposal of the International Police Cooperation Unit, which must materialize the delivery to the United States.

Carvajal, known by the nickname of “the chicken”, is wanted by the United States to be tried for crimes linked to criminal organizations, terrorist organizations and drug trafficking in its aggravated form.

The Office of Asylum and Refuge of Spain had rejected on Tuesday the appeal of the former Chavista general against the rejection of his asylum application, which left everything ready for his extradition. It was concluded that Carvajal does not meet the requirements to grant him asylum, which he already denied in 2019.

The Venezuelan, in a Madrid prison after being arrested last September after almost two years unaccounted for, got the National Court to suspend his extradition until the Ministry of the Interior decided on his appeal.

According to Spanish media, in his statement, Carvajal committed Néstor Kirchner and several former Latin American presidents with his testimony for receiving dirty money from Chavismo financed by oil.

“While I was director of Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence in Venezuela, I received a large number of reports indicating that this international financing was occurring. Specific examples are: Néstor Kirchner in Argentina, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Lula Da Silva in Brazil, Fernando Lugo in Paraguay, Ollanta Humala in Peru, Zelaya in Honduras, Gustavo Petro in Colombia, Five Star Movement in Italy and Podemos in Spain, “said the former intelligence chief according to the half Ok Diary.

And he added, in front of the judge of the National Court of Spain Manuel García-Castellón: “All of these were reported as recipients of money sent by the Venezuelan Government”.

The declaration of Carvajal Barrios arises from a brief presented before the Iberian Justice, which investigates him for alleged payments from Venezuela that would implicate former leaders of the Spanish left-wing formation Podemos.

Ok Diary states that sending money to Spaniards It was through sealed diplomatic bags, the system of official correspondence between a government and its diplomatic agents abroad.

“The money was carried by the most important informant I had on these cases. The informant collected the money at the Cuban Embassy in Venezuela and took it to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, where Williams Amaro received it, ”Nicolás Maduro’s secretary, declared Carvajal.

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