Venezuela says no to extradition of suspected ETA trainer
Venezuela said Thursday it would not extradite an alleged trainer for the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA to Spain but would investigate his links to the group.
Spain formally requested the extradition of Arturo Cubillas on Wednesday, saying two alleged ETA militants had identified him as having been their trainer in the South American country in 2008.
Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Cubillas was a naturalized Venezuelan citizen who could not be extradited under the country's constitution.
The attorney general's office said in a statement that it would "carry out all the necessary formalities in the investigation" of Cubillas' alleged links to ETA and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
Cubillas arrived in Venezuela in late 1989, part of a group of 11 ETA members given political asylum under an agreement between the Spanish and Venezuelan governments.
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