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The European Court of Justice authorized Spain to extradite former Venezuelan intelligence chief “Pollo” Carvajal to the United States.

The European Court of Justice authorized Spain to extradite former Venezuelan intelligence chief “Pollo” Carvajal to the United States.
Hugo Carvajal, who headed the military counterintelligence services with former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicolás Maduro, during a trial held today Thursday at the National Court. EFE/Emilio Naranjo

He Strasbourg Court Green flag for extradition to Spain today AmericaThe president, a former head of Venezuela’s intelligence service, wants to prosecute him for drug trafficking Hugo Chavez, Hugo Armando CarvajalCarvajal is called chicken.

While examining Carvajal’s claim, European judges who told Spain not to extradite him rejected the former Venezuelan general’s arguments in his complaint, in which he asserted that he was in danger of being in the United States. Impose a life sentence without the possibility of a day of parole.

However, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is “convinced” that he “will be tried in a judicial system that respects the principles of the rule of law and fair trial”. Case.” Argue with a lawyer.

On the question of the danger of an effective life sentence without the possibility of release from prison for the rest of his life, he insists that nothing has been written because, depending on the various circumstances, Chicken Carvajal No need to end with a sentence like this.

If convicted, extenuating circumstances may be considered and, ultimately, the first judicial decision may be appealed. The ECHR notes that maximum sentences are “extremely uncommon” in federal proceedings in the United States.

To clarify things, also remember that, The U.S. Embassy in Spain sent a note verbale in November 2021 explaining that if he is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, he has the option not only to appeal, but also to seek clemency. or the punishment be commuted to a less severe one.

El “Pollo” Carvajal with dictator Nicolás Maduro before he stepped down from the Chavista regime. (Reuters)

The former head of Venezuela’s counterintelligence department denounced Spain in Strasbourg after his appeal for Ambaro failed before the Constitutional Court in October 2021, accusing him of violating the law if he is extradited to the United States. European Convention on Human Rights It prohibits the violation of inhuman and degrading treatment.

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In this article the ECtHR’s jurisprudence establishes the principle that life imprisonment and the possibility of reducing the effective sentence should be considered, taking into account significant changes, so as not to violate this right. A prisoner’s life, such as his rehabilitation progress, makes his maintenance behind bars illegal.

Carvajal, who is being held in Extremera prison (Madrid province), arrived in Spain in March 2019 under a false identity and was arrested under an Interpol search warrant because the United States had wanted him for years. Responsible for narcotics terrorism and the introduction of cocaine into its territory.

Before that, he was already arrested in July 2014 Aruba, a territory of the Netherlands in the Caribbean, where he was ambassador to Venezuela, for the same US arrest warrant. He was later able to avoid extradition due to his diplomatic status, but was expelled.

In 2019, while he was a member of Venezuela’s National Assembly, he was kicked out of his country’s military and charged with treason for recognizing Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader of dictator Nicolás Maduro’s regime, as president.

(with information from EFE)

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