Friday, July 25, 2014

Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel flights to the Dutch Caribbean island in retaliation. Hugo Carvajal, a former head of Venezuelan military intelligence and close confidant of the late president Hugo Chavez, was arrested upon arriving at Aruba's airport, officials said Thursday. Venezuelan authorities said Carvajal had been named that country's consul to Aruba and enjoyed diplomatic immunity, a claim denied by an island official who said he had not yet been accredited by the Netherlands, which runs foreign affairs for its former colony.

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