Colombia has extradited drug kingpin Walid Makled to face trial in his native country Venezuela.
Makled was transferred on Monday from a Bogota airbase to a Caracas-bound airplane, reports the Associated Press.
The move was controversial, as both the United States and Venezuela sought Makled's extradition. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos opted to send the prisoner to Caracas, in the midst of thawing relations between the two nations.
The jailed narcotics trafficker claimed that he had information about individuals in high levels of the Venezuelan military and government being involved in the drug trade.
Makled's lawyer has stated that his client wants to present evidence of these claims before the Venezuelan Congress.
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