Spain rejects extradition of former Venezuelan military spy to U.S.

Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges.

A court spokesman said retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who claimed that the extradition request was politically motivated, would be released within hours of the decision. A formal ruling is expected later, said the spokesman, who wasn't authorized to be identified by name in media reports.