Giving in to pressure from Venezuela,The Dutch Government in Aruba has released General Hugo Carvajal from custody. He had been arrested upon his arrival, as the United States has indicted him on major drug trafficking charges. Carvajal, who is on the OFAC sanctions list, then returned to Caracas. He had not been formally accepted as a diplomat when he was arrested in Aruba.
Originally, the authorities in Aruba had ruled that he was being legally detained for extradition, but reversed themselves after Venezuelan protests. Did Aruba cave in, under political pressure from Caracas ? We cannot say, but I am sure that the US Department of Justice is not happy; allowing a known drug kingpin to be released does not help the global war on drugs.