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Spanish court agrees to extradite Puerto Rican accused of hiring hitman; gov't has final say

Spain's National Court has ordered the extradition of a Puerto Rican woman wanted by U.S. federal authorities for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill her wealthy Canadian husband.

The court ruling Friday said 33-year-old Aurea Vazquez Rijos should be handed over on the condition that if convicted she does not receive the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole, in keeping with Spanish law.

The government must approve the extradition over the coming months.

Vazquez was arrested in June in Madrid after flying in from Italy, where she had been living since 2008. A U.S. grand jury that year indicted her on charges she offered a man $3 million to kill her 32-year-old husband Adam Anhang, who was beaten and stabbed to death in Puerto Rico in 2005.