MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s High Court said on Monday it will extradite Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief to the United States, reversing its earlier decision to refuse the request.

Hugo Carvajal, an ally of Venezuela’s late Socialist leader Hugo Chavez, is wanted by U.S. authorities on allegations of drug trafficking. He has previously denied the accusations.

Reporting by Jessica Jones, Ashifa Kassam; Editing by Catherine Evans