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Ex-Venezuelan Spymaster Won't Waive Extradition to US

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal speaks during an extradition hearing at the National Court in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 12, 2019.

Venezuela's former military spy chief has told a Spanish court that he won't waive extradition to the U.S. to face drug trafficking and other charges.

Retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, a supporter of Hugo Chavez who turned against the late Venezuelan president's successor, Nicolas Maduro, is attending an extradition hearing Thursday in Spain's National Court.

Prosecutors in New York allege that Carvajal used his high office to coordinate the smuggling of around 5.6 tons of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico in 2006. He is also accused of giving weapons to and protecting Colombian guerrillas.

Carvajal was arrested in the Spanish capital in April, nearly one month after he fled from Venezuela after publicly throwing his support behind Maduro's opponents.

He claims that the charges are politically motivated.