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Venezuelan Prosecutors Want Colombia to Extradite Coup Plotter


Venezuelan prosecutors want Colombia to extradite businessman Pedro Carmona, who assumed power in Venezuela during a brief coup against President Hugo Chavez in 2002.

Prosecutors provided evidence Monday detailing their accusations against Carmona. They have requested that he be charged with civilian rebellion.

Venezuelan military officers arrested President Chavez in April 2002 and announced his resignation after at least 17 unarmed protesters were shot and killed during an anti-government rally.

Coup leaders installed Carmona as interim leader. He was forced out two days later when military leaders withdrew their support and returned President Chavez to office.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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