(CNN Espanol) – The Criminal Court of the Spanish National Court on Friday decided to suspend the deportation of former Venezuelan intelligence director Hugo Carvajal to the United States.
The judges of the council responded A petition from the defense De Carvajal argues that the full session of the Criminal Chamber did not comply with the practice of the judicial decision allowing Venezuela to be deported.
Hugo Pollo Carvajal is a trusted man of Hugo Chavez and one of his closest collaborators. After a long journey, he was arrested in Spain and awaiting deportation to the United States, where he faces drug trafficking charges.
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In September 2008, the Treasury Department granted permission to Carvajal on charges of protecting drug exports from FARC guerrillas and supplying weapons to groups. According to the U.S. agency, Carvajal provided Venezuelan identity documents to Colombian guerrillas so they could easily travel to Venezuela.
According to the State Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York was charged in March 2020 with conspiracy to commit drug terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine, and other charges related to firearms.
In 2019 he was charged with the same offenses in the same districts and in 2011 charged with conspiracy to import cocaine charges. He was last convicted in 2014 in the southern district of Florida.
Carvajal was a prominent figure in Savismo. His association with the late leader of Venezuela dates back to 1992, when he was imprisoned this year for plotting against then-President Carlos Andres Perez.
Between 2004 and 2011, when Chavez was in power, Carvajal was in charge of the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence in Venezuela. In 2004, he joined the political police DISIP at the time, then became deputy minister of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Agency, which is affiliated with the Ministry of the Interior and Justice.
After leaving the intelligence service, the retired soldier became a deputy in the ruling National Party of Venezuela United Socialist Party (PSUV) National Assembly.
In 2014, Carvajal’s responsibilities were transferred to the diplomatic corps: the government of President Nicolas Maduro in question appointed him ambassador to Aruba. There they came to arrest him, but then they identified the diplomatic immunity and released him.
El Polo publicly broke with Nicolas Maduro in 2019 and recognized opposition leader Juan Guido as Venezuela’s interim president.