Spain’s High Court Agrees to Extradite Member of Chavez’s Inner Circle in Fraud Case

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Spain’s High Court agreed on Friday to extradite a Venezuelan woman who was part of the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s inner circle to her home country where she is suspected of money laundering and illicit enrichment.

According to Venezuelan media, Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen was Chavez’s nurse during his treatment for cancer, which ultimately led to his death in 2013, while her husband served as one of his aides de camp.

From 2011 until 2013, Diaz Guillen also served as an executive of government fund Fonden – an obscure state-run investment fund which received more than $100 billion in state revenue but produced little if any documentation as to how the funds were spent.

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