Spanish police arrest ex-Venezuelan spy chief Hugo Carvajal

Carvajal was ‘living totally isolated’ and was detained in Madrid, authorities say

Hugo Carvajal was a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Photograph: iStock

Hugo Carvajal was a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. Photograph: iStock

 

The Spanish police said on Thursday it had arrested the former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, who had been in hiding since a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States almost two years ago.

“Arrested tonight in Madrid “Pollo Carvajal”, fugitive from justice and wanted for extradition to the US,” the Spanish police said in a tweet, which a included a video of the detention.

The police did not give any further details of his arrest and just said that Mr Carvajal was “living totally isolated.”

Mr Carvajal’s lawyer in Spain, Maria Dolores Arguelles, confirmed that Mr Carvajal had been arrested but declined to give further details besides saying that her client would appear before Spain’s High Court on Friday morning.

Mr Carvajal was a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

US officials have long sought Mr Carvajal because they believe, if he is willing to co-operate, that he could provide a treasure trove of information on the alleged drug activities of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and his associates. – Reuters