Aruba Releases Venezuelan Diplomat Facing U.S. Drug Charges

July 28, 2014 9:31 PM

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Aruba Releases Venezuelan Diplomat Facing U.S. Drug Charges

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor.

Aruban authorities had argued previously that Hugo Carvajal, a former military intelligence chief, didn't have immunity from arrest because he had yet to be accredited by the Netherlands, which manages the foreign affairs of its former colony that sits off the coast of Venezuela.

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