A Spanish court docket has rejected an extradition request for Venezuela’s former intelligence chief Basic Hugo Carvajal.
The US sought his extradition, accusing him of drug trafficking offences.
He turned towards the federal government of President Nicolás Maduro in February and backed opposition chief Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s chief.
Mr Carvajal fled Venezuela on a ship and was arrested in Madrid in April.
On Monday he was pictured together with his household as he left a jail in Spain.
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He had been beneath US sanctions since 2008 resulting from allegations he helped Columbia’s Farc insurgent group and guarded US-bound drug shipments.
Federal prices which accuse him of co-ordinating a 5,600kg (12,345lb) cargo of cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico in 2006, turned public in 2014.
The US Justice Division mentioned in April that if convicted, he might face between 10 years and life in jail.
Washington additionally believes that Mr Carvajal might share incriminating proof about Mr Maduro.
Mr Carvajal was a detailed ally of Venezuela’s late socialist chief Hugo Chávez however later denounced his successor President Maduro. He was stripped of his rank after selecting to again opposition chief Juan Guaidó.
Mr Guaidó declared himself president in January, citing Venezuela’s structure. He has the backing of dozens of nations together with the US.
Mr Carvajal escaped Venezuela by boat to the Dominican Republic earlier than travelling on to Spain.
This was not the primary time he had confronted extradition to the US. In 2014 he was arrested on drug trafficking prices on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. Nonetheless he was freed after the extradition request was denied.