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Venezuela Rejects Spain's Extradition Request for Guatemalan Ex-Leader


The Venezuelan Supreme Court has rejected a Spanish request for the extradition of a former Guatemalan military ruler that Spain holds responsible for a deadly 1980 siege on its embassy.

The court said in a statement that the request was declined because Spain has not provided enough evidence in the case of former Guatemalan President Romeo Lucas Garcia.

Mr. Lucas Garcia, who was under house arrest until the court's decision, ruled Guatemala from 1978 until 1982. Spain wants to try him on charges he ordered security forces to raid its embassy in Guatemala in search of leftist insurgents.

In the January 31st, 1980 assault 37 people died. They included Vicente Menchu, the father of Rigoberta Menchu, the Indian rights activist who won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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