Late Venezuelan leader Chavez' aide extradited to US by Spain

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MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) - Spain's High Court said on Friday it had extradited to the United States a Venezuelan woman who was a member of late President Hugo Chavez's inner circle, on charges of money laundering and belonging to a criminal group.

Claudia Diaz "has already been handed over to the US in compliance with a court ruling yesterday", the High Court said without giving details.

Spain's High Court approved in October the extradition of Diaz, a former Navy sergeant who was Chavez's nurse when he was being treated for cancer. She also served as Venezuela's national treasurer from 2011 to 2013. read more

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The U.S. accusations include that she allegedly laundered money in the purchase of a yacht and a fashion company.

Diaz was also under investigation in Spain over the purchase of a house in Madrid for 1.8 million euros with money from Switzerland, the court had heard.

It rejected Diaz's argument that as a Spanish citizen facing an investigation in Spain she should not be extradited.

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Reporting by Corina Pons; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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