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Venezuela may request extradition of alleged coup plotter

Venezuela's highest court ruled that prosecutors may request the extradition from Colombia of the alleged mastermind of a short-lived coup against President Hugo Chavez five years ago.

The Supreme Court of Justice approved a petition late Monday allowing prosecutors to request the arrest and extradition of exiled business leader Pedro Carmona on charges of civil rebellion.

Rebel officers ousted Chavez on April 12, 2002, but the interim government that Carmona headed angered many Venezuelans by tossing out the constitution and dissolving congress.

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