Venezuela Frees Dominican Wanted by U.S.
Venezuela has freed a Dominican man wanted in the U.S. on drug charges, saying there was no guarantee U.S. authorities would agree to terms for his extradition. Judge Hector Coronado Flores dismissed a previous order to extradite Mateo Holguin Ovalle and ruled that he be released, the Supreme Court said Monday in a statement. The decision derailed a case cited earlier by American officials as a prime example of cooperation with Venezuela in the drug war. The two countries now are in a dispute over how to resume joint counter-trafficking efforts suspended since President Hugo Chavez last August accused Drug Enforcement Administration agents of spying. Full Story