Spain arrests ex-Venezuelan minister on U.S. warrant
13 May 2019

Spanish police have arrested former Venezuelan minister Javier Alvarado Ochoa on a U.S. warrant as part of an investigation into money-laundering involving the Latin American nation’s state oil company PDVSA, court officials said.

Alvarado Ochoa served as minister for electric power development under Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

Maduro has described the U.S. investigation as politically motivated, and accuses Washington of seeking to undermine his government.

“(Alvarado Ochoa) is going to await in jail while his extradition is being processed,” said an official at the Spanish court that deals with extradition requests.

Reuters was not immediately able to contact the ex-minister or his representatives for comment.

By Belen Carreno, Reuters, 10 May 2019

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