Paraguay leader says uncle must face drug charges

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 7:33 PM

ASUNCION , Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's new president wants the country's anti-drug agency to treat his uncle like any other person wanted on trafficking charges, saying family ties won't protect any of his relatives.

In office since Thursday, President Horacio Cartes was commenting on the jailing of uncle Juan Viveros Cartes in Uruguay on July 29 for allegedly violating its airspace. Uruguayan officials allege the uncle was using a plane to look for clandestine landing fields for drug smuggling.

Paraguayan authorities are working to extradite the uncle back home, where he is accused of drug trafficking. The uncle has been convicted in Brazil.

Drug agency head Luis Rojas says President Cartes has told him that in criminal matters, "kinship doesn't exist."

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