Venezuela: Drug suspect may be extradited soon

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 9:04 PM
Venezuela: Drug suspect may be extradited soon

Venezuela says it is evaluating Colombia's request that it provide human rights guarantees for a suspected top drug trafficker when he's extradited to Caracas.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro says the government of President Hugo Chavez will promptly respond to Colombia's request.

Venezuela is awaiting the extradition of Walid Makled, who faces drug smuggling and murder charges in the South American country. Makled fears that he will not receive a fair trial in Venezuela and that his rights could be violated.

Makled claims he paid bribes to officials with close ties to Chavez. Venezuela authorities deny any links to Makled.

Maduro spoke Tuesday.