On Thursday, April 22 the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela filed an official request for the extradition of Venezuelan citizen Eligio Cedeño.
The banker stands indicted in Venezuela and is wanted for allegedly stealing funds from account holders, fraudulently obtaining U.S. dollars from Venezuela’s foreign currency administrative agency and aggravated contraband. The charges against him are contained in Article 432 or the General Law on Banks and Other Financial Institutions, Article 7 of the Law on Foreign Exchange, Articles 104 and 105 of the Organic Law on Customs, and Article 84 of the Venezuelan Penal Code.
The extradition request was officially presented to the U.S. State Department by officials at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States. The request was based on the bilateral Extradition Treaty between the two countries in force since January 19, 1922.
Cedeño is a fugitive from Venezuela’s justice system, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued for the charges above. His extradition would return him to Venezuela, so that Cedeño can be brought to justice for the charges against him.
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs / April 22, 210