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Venezuela demands release of general snared in US drug case

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves during a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping (not in frame) in Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas on July 20, 2014The Venezuelan government Friday demanded the release of a former military intelligence chief who was arrested in Aruba at US request to face drug trafficking charges. Retired major general Hugo Carvajal was arrested Wednesday night on the Dutch-owned island, where he had been designated but not confirmed as Venezuela’s consul. President Nicolas Maduro angrily denounced the arrest Thursday as a “kidnapping,” defending Carvajal as a “soldier of the fatherland and diplomat acting for the state of Venezuela.” “Let all know, as chief of state… I will defend him with all the means and force of the Venezuelan state within the framework of international law.”

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