Monday, September 27

Former Venezuelan General Hugo ‘Pollo’ Carvajal arrested in Madrid, fled and claimed by the US

The National Police have arrested Hugo Armando Carvajal, known as ‘Pollo Carvajal’, a former Venezuelan Chavista general who has been unaccounted for since November 2019 and who was claimed by the US to be tried for drug trafficking, money laundering and collaboration with the FARC. Police sources have informed Efe that Carvajal’s arrest was carried out at 9:15 p.m. this Thursday on Torrelaguna street in the capital by agents of group two of Fugitives of the National Police, in collaboration with DEA ​​agents. North American.

Hugo Carvajal, who had in force an arrest warrant and imprisonment for the execution of the extradition to the United States, was in a home protected by several people. In that house, according to sources, he was a refugee without ever going outside. The entry into the property has been carried out by judicial authorization and has been carried out by members of the Police Intervention Unit (UIP), the riot police.

He has subsequently been transferred to the premises of the Group of Fugitives located in the Canillas police complex, police sources have indicated to EFE. This is the second time that Carvajal has been arrested in Spain. In April 2019, he was also arrested in Madrid after entering our country with a false passport, but the National Court denied his extradition on understanding that the United States was claiming him for “political motivation”, for which he was released.

Months later, in November 2019, the plenary session of the Court’s Criminal Chamber finally agreed to his extradition, but Carvajal had already disappeared. Still on the run, his lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court the agreement adopted by the Council of Ministers on March 3 to execute the extradition after it was authorized by the National High Court, and requested the precautionary suspension of the order, alleging that the charges were not certain and that the sole purpose of the US is to torture you to obtain information about Venezuela.

Carvajal was head of the Military Counterintelligence Directorate of Venezuela for eight years, in the governments of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, and the United States accuses him of drug trafficking, money laundering and collaboration with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to introduce drugs into US territory.

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