Sunday, November 27

Venezuela: how the United States could become a tribunal against Chavismo with the extradition of 3 key figures

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World

Claudia Díaz, Hugo Carvajal, Alex Saab

Image source, BBC/EPA/Reuters

First, the Spanish Justice authorized the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan government attorney. Then he approved the handover of a former Chavista spy chief. And, between the two decisions, Cape Verde sent to Miami a businessman linked to the government of Nicolás Maduro accused of money laundering.

This string of events known only in the last week has attracted international attention and raises an obvious question: could the Justice of USA become in fact a kind of court on chavismo?

“To some extent, yes,” replies Javier Corrales, a political science professor at Amherst College in the US who has written books and articles on Venezuela. “That is why it is important that these cases are handled well,” he added in a statement to BBC Mundo.

The importance of the three people required by the US arises from the proximity they had with the top of power in Venezuela.

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