Venezuelan authorities seek arrest of former judge

Venezuelan authorities have put out an international request for the capture of a former Supreme Court magistrate who is accused of having links to a prominent drug suspect.

The office of Venezuela's Prosecutor General said Friday that it has issued a request through Interpol for the arrest of former Magistrate Eladio Aponte.

Aponte was dismissed by Venezuela's National Assembly on March 20 over accusations that he had ties to drug suspect Walid Makled.

Officials in Costa Rica have said the former judge arrived in that country earlier this month and left for the United States on Tuesday aboard a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration plane.

In a television interview aired this week, Aponte accused officials in the Venezuelan government and military of manipulating court cases.