Colombia sends suspect to Venezuela for his trial

Colombia has extradited to Venezuela a man accused of being a top international drug trafficker.

The United States had requested the suspect, Walid Makled, be sent to America to face charges he smuggled tons of cocaine.

However, Bogota opted to extradite Makled to Venezuela, where he is wanted on murder and drug smuggling charges.

Makled has claimed that some of his business associates are close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He claims to have paid millions of dollars in bribes to top Venezuelan government officials.

Makled, who is of Syrian descent, left Bogota in handcuffs on Monday aboard a Venezuela-bound jet.

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