Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US

Ex-Venezuelan spymaster won't waive extradition to US
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, Hugo Carvajal gives an interview at the National Assembly administrative offices in Caracas, Venezuela. The man who became Hugo Chavez's eyes and ears in the Venezuelan military is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges. Ahead of an extradition hearing in Madrid on Thursday Sept. 12, 2019, retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal says he wants to help Venezuela's opposition oust current President Nicolas Maduro. His case is being closely watched as a bellwether for how other potential Venezuelan defectors could be treated. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

MADRID (AP) — 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 Chávez who turned against the late Venezuelan president’s successor, Nicolás 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.