Spain arrests former Venezuelan official on US warrant

Javier Alvarado Ochoa is under investigation in the U.S. for charges related to alleged money laundering linked to Venezuela's state oil company, known as PDVSA.

A Spanish police official says Alvarado was arrested Thursday near his home in the Spanish capital. The official cannot be named, in accordance with police rules. Spain's National Court says a judge has ordered Alvarado to be jailed while his extradition to the U.S. is decided.

He also faces two separate corruption and money-laundering probes in Spanish courts, and has been indicted in Andorra, also for allegedly laundering money from PDVSA.

In Portugal, he is being investigated on possible bribery charges involving a Lisbon bank and accounts holding funds from the Venezuelan oil giant.

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