A Spanish court agreed on Thursday to extradite former Venezuelan deputy energy minister Nervis Villalobos to the United States, to face charges related to a scheme to solicit bribes in exchange for favorable treatment from state oil company PDVSA.

Villalobos was arrested in Spain October 2017 at the request of U.S. authorities.

Villalobos has five days to appeal the extradition order, the High Court said in a ruling.

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