(CNN Spanish) — The Minister of Justice of Colombia, Néstor Osuna, reported this Wednesday that the national government granted the extradition to the United States of Alvaro Fredy Córdoba, brother of Senator Piedad Córdoba, who belongs to the government coalition Historical Pact.
“From this moment on, the interested person will be notified and has the possibility of exercising defense mechanisms,” said Osuna.
Álvaro Córdoba, who has a period of 10 days to appeal the decision of the Executive, is requested by the court of the Southern District of New York for alleged drug trafficking crimes. He was captured by the Colombian Police on February 2 of this year in Medellín.
Of the three charges contained in the United States government petition, the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice only authorized extradition in August for charges related to drug trafficking, according to the 43-page high court ruling.
From the moment of his capture, Córdoba has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Córdoba’s defense lawyers, as stated in the Court’s decision, had asked to deny the detainee’s extradition to the United States, but the highest court rejected the argument that the government of that country had not proven the participation of the investigated in the crimes charged to him.