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Posted: Nov 16, 2012 1:36 PM

Updated: Nov 16, 2012 1:37 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) A former senior anti-drug official in the Dominican Republic will fight extradition to the U.S. on drug charges after all.

Dominican prosecutors previously said Francisco Hiraldo had agreed to be extradited to New York City, where he has been indicted in federal court on trafficking charges. But that changed Friday.

Hiraldo refused to sign an extradition agreement and told a judge at a hearing that he wants to fight to clear his name. A hearing before the Supreme Court has been scheduled to start in January.

The former Navy vice admiral spent 14 years in high positions with the country's counter-drug agency. He is accused of allowing at least 25 large shipments of drugs into the country between 2007 and 2008, accepting a $100,000 bribe each time.

Topics: Dominican-US-Drug War

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