His extradition to the US is paralyzed pending a definitive response to his asylum request
MADRID, 20 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The former head of intelligence of the Venezuelan Government Hugo ‘El Pollo’ Carvajal, pending extraditation to the United States for alleged crimes of drug and arms trafficking, testifies on Monday before the judge of the National Court, Manuel García-Castellón, for some preliminary proceedings that are open for international terrorism.
The head of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 has summoned him for 10 a.m., thus accepting the offer that ‘El Pollo’ made him last Thursday to come to testify on that matter, according to the legal sources consulted by Europa Press.
This judicial appearance has intersected with the extradition process that is being followed against Carvajal both in the National Court (AN) and in the Supreme Court (TS) and that is pending the resolution of different appeals.
Last year, both the National Court and the Government gave the green light to his surrender to the US authorities, but the extradition has been halted in recent days because the asylum he requested in 2019 was believed to be unanswered.
However, the Ministry of the Interior has informed the National Court and Carvajal’s defense that it already answered the asylum request in September 2019 to deny it.
Now, Carvajal has appealed this ‘no’ to the portfolio led by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, insisting that he should be granted international protection because he is the victim of real political persecution.
THE BULLET OF THE SUPREME
‘El Pollo’ has also explored the path of the Supreme Court so as not to fall into the hands of the United States. In May 2020, his defense filed an appeal before the Contentious-Administrative Chamber against the decision of the Council of Ministers to send him to Washington.
Chamber III plans to resolve said appeal on October 26, for which Carvajal has requested the Supreme Court some very precautionary measures asking him to stop his extradition until he decides on the merits of the matter. It alleges that, otherwise, it could suffer irreversible damage, since the high court could overturn its surrender to the US power once it was already on US soil.
This same Chamber has already rejected the precautionary measures proposed by the defense in May 2020, considering that the “general interest” should prevail over the “private” of Carvajal, and emphasizing that during the judicial process in the National High Court his rights were preserved fundamental, so he was able to make the appropriate allegations and these were heard and analyzed, and that, when he learned that he would be extradited, he fled.
To try to have his delivery be paralyzed with these precautionary measures, ‘El Pollo’ insisted on denying the facts that are accused of him and warned that, if made available to the United States, he would be subjected to “torture” to “obtain information on the prevailing regime in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela “. And this, he continued, because Washington believes “wrongly” that he was part of the “close environment” of Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.
THE POSTER OF THE SUNS
The extradition process was reactivated after on 9 September he was detained by Group II of Fugitives of UDYCO Central, in a joint operation with the DEA, after 9:00 p.m. in an apartment located on Torrelaguna street in Madrid, after spend almost two years on the run.
As reported by the National Police, he lived “totally cloistered, without going outside or looking out the window, and always protected by trusted people.” He changed hiding every three months and resorted to cosmetic surgery and disguise elements to try to hide.
The former head of Military Counterintelligence with the Chávez and Maduro governments is persecuted for events that occurred between 1999 and 2019, when he would have belonged to the so-called ‘Cartel of the Suns’, a criminal organization supposedly run by ‘Chavista’ charges that, with the alleged collaboration of the FARC and other armed groups would have introduced large quantities of drugs into the United States.