Venezuela Holds FARC Extradition After Asylum Request

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Top Story — Venezuela’s handover of a senior member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is on hold after the man requested asylum. Guillermo Torres Cueter, also known as “Julián Conrado,” was captured in May in southwestern Venezuela and the government of President Hugo Chávez said that it cannot extradite the FARC leader until his asylum request is reviewed. Venezuela’s Communist Party leader Pedro Eusse said that Torres was captured while working on a farm in Venezuela and was taken into custody without any weapons. Authorities had at first kept Torres isolated, but that has since changed as Venezuelan judicial authorities have begun to attend to the case. Venezuela has 30 days to rule on the asylum request, said Carlos Aquino, another leader of the Communist Party. “Once the process is begun, no type of (transfer) can be carried out” until there is a response to the request, Aquino said.

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