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Spanish police seeking Venezuelan ex-spymaster

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By Reuters
Spanish police seeking Venezuelan ex-spymaster
FILE PHOTO: Former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal stands during his extradition hearing to U.S. at the High Court in Madrid, Spain, September 12, 2019. . Emilio Naranjo/Pool via REUTERS   -   Copyright  POOL(Reuters)

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish police said on Wednesday they were searching for Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal, days after local media including EFE news agency reported a Spanish court had agreed to extradite him to the United States.

Carvajal, an ally of Venezuela’s late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez, is wanted by U.S. authorities on allegations of drug trafficking. He has denied the accusations.

After some local media including El Pais reported he had gone missing, Spanish police confirmed they were looking for Carvajal, but declined to specify when they had began their search and the reason. His lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Carvajal had been arrested by Spanish police in April at the request of US authorities but Spain’s High Court had initially ruled that he should be released and his extradition request denied.

Authorities in Washington have said they believe he could share incriminating information about Maduro.

(Reporting by Emma Pinedo, writing by Ashifa Kassam,; Editing by Ingrid Melander)