Italy has not yet approved extradition for Venezuela’s ex-oil minister-lawyer

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Italy has not yet approved a Venezuelan request for the extradition of former oil minister Rafael Ramírez, his lawyer said on Thursday, denying a Venezuelan state TV report that the move had been cleared by an appeals court.

By Yahoo News

Jul , 2021

Authorities in the South American country sought an Interpol red notice – a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person – for Ramirez in 2018 and requested his extradition from Italy last year in connection with embezzlement charges.

Ramírez, 57, has in the past denied corruption allegations, arguing that President Nicolas Maduro’s administration was seeking to smear him for speaking out against the government.

Ramírez Italian lawyer Roberto De Vita told Reuters, “The opinion of the prosecutor was in favour (of the request), but the hearing has yet to be scheduled.”

The Rome’s prosecutor office was not immediately available for comment. Italy’s justice and foreign ministries did not respond to a request for comment.

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