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A judge in the United States has dropped most charges against a close ally of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to comply with conditions for his extradition from Cape Verde.

Alex Saab is no longer accused of money laundering but he still faces one count of conspiring to launder money which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Prosecutors said US officials promised Cape Verde they’d comply with the island nation’s laws on maximum jail terms when Mr Saab was extradited.

He was detained over a year ago when his plane stopped to refuel.

Venezuela has described his case as part of an economic war waged by Washington.

An arraignment hearing for Mr Saab that was due to be held on Monday has been postponed as he’s still in quarantine.

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