Venezuela to send detained Salvadoran to Cuba

July 7, 2010 03:48

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela plans to extradite a Salvadoran man wanted by Cuba as a suspect in a series of bombings, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Tuesday.

Chavez didn't say exactly when Francisco Chavez Abarca would be sent to Cuba, Venezuela's closest foreign ally.Cuba believes Chavez Abarca placed an explosive that damaged a hotel disco on April 2, 1997, and another bomb later that month that failed to explode on the 15th floor of the same hotel. Cuban officials also suspect him in a 1997 bombing of a Cuban government office.

"From here, he's going to Cuba," Chavez said.

Chavez noted that Venezuelan authorities have been interrogating Chavez Abarca since his arrest last week. "We are looking for possible connections with some sectors" of Venezuela's opposition, the president said.

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