Saturday, October 23

The story of ‘El Pollo’ Carvajal, the ex-Chavista military who awaits in Madrid to be extradited to the United States

The Court is studying the extradition of former Chavista general Hugo Carvajal.

The Court is studying the extradition of former Chavista general Hugo Carvajal.

Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios waits in a Madrid cell for a very unlikely stroke of luck that will allow him to evade his extradition to the United States. ‘The chicken’, nicknamed thus by Hugo Chavez, his instructor at the Military School, due to a figure as scrawny as it was tiny, was a vital and enigmatic character of the Venezuelan counterintelligence. His voice was almost unknown. He never gave interviews. But in recent years, Carvajal has changed his allegiances and speeches, he has gone from a picaresque version of 21st century socialism to a harsh anti-Castroism. He has replaced the stealth of spies with an incontinence in social networks. He has even modified his face to avoid a fate that seems inexorable: sitting in front of an American court in a trial for money laundering and drug trafficking.

Carvajal was a mediocre student of the Military Academy. In 1992 he participated in the armed uprising of Chávez against the presidency of Carlos Andrés Pérez which is considered as the beginning of the Bolivarian movement. Chávez placed him in a key state resource: the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM). He directed it between 2004 and 2011. Nicolas Maduro summoned him for the same functions between April 2013 and January 2014. That same year he was appointed Consul General in Aruba. His presence on the Caribbean island with such an irrelevant position raised suspicions. ‘El Pollo’ was arrested at the request of the US. “It was a terrible ambush. I am gambling for Carvajal; he has broken the record in the fight against drug trafficking,” Maduro said. Upon returning to Caracas, he received him as a hero.

Rupture and evasion

He broke with the Venezuelan president when he sniffed that he could not stay in power. In January 2019, he offered his services to the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó. “Here it is one more soldier for the causes of freedom and democracy, “he said and summoned the Armed Forces to join the conspiracy.” It is up to you, the way in which all this ends. “They ignored him and he escaped from Venezuela.

He arrived in Madrid in mid-March of that year. He entered with the smiling false name that he borrowed from a famous former merengue coach: José Mourinho. He was detained in April by order of the United States. Behind bars he established a strange relationship with the commissioner José Manuel Villarejo. He was released after a judge denied extradition. When the National Court reversed that ruling, ‘El Pollo’ had already dissolved into anonymity. He was recaptured a few days ago. In a few weeks, the Spanish justice must resolve their situation. An expert in evasions, the former mayor wants to believe that he still has a winning letter in his pocket: he has asked to testify before the judge of the National Court Manuel García-Castellón to tell what he says he knows about the relations between the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and the maturity and the contacts between the first We can and the Miraflores Palace.

My information has value if it is channeled correctly. So far I have not used anything, with two exceptions: The International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights commission, “he told Venezuelans through a letter last Tuesday, but with the interest that it be read carefully in Madrid .

Intimate enemies

Answered him God given hair, the number two of the madurismo and ex-neighbor of Carvajal in La Rosaleda, an urbanization of the state of Miranda: “You left here kneeling before Guaidó and now we are the ones to blame … elected deputy with our votes and ended up betraying the country “. ‘El Pollo’ was not silent.” It betrays when commitments are broken. That commitment united me with Chávez and later separated me, first from Maduro and then from you. ”

Carvajal is, in a way, a stone in Maduro’s shoe, who tends to get nervous when someone names him. “I threw it away as soon as I got to the government, for his misconduct, “he said.” You say you dumped me when you did just the opposite, “his exalted from somewhere in Spain reminded him in 2020.” How dare you call yourself a Christian when you’re a follower of how many beliefs cross you in front? You are a devout santero, follower of (the guru) Sai Baba? ”, He also snapped, from a clandestinity that he imagined would last.

In the Estremera prison, while he waits for the National Court to pronounce, Carvajal wants at least that Maduro does not get his extradition to the United States for free. For now, Caracas has also claimed it so that it does not speak others.

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