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Extortion trial begins for Bolivia police official

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection is beginning for a high-ranking Bolivian National Police official charged in the U.S. with trying to extort thousands of dollars from the former owner of a Bolivian airline.

The trial of Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga is scheduled to start Monday in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

The FBI says Ormachea Aliaga traveled to South Florida in August to meet with Humberto Roca, who formerly ran Bolivia's AeroSur airline. According to the FBI, Ormachea Aliaga offered to get charges in Bolivia dropped against Roca in exchange for $30,000.

Ormachea Aliaga has pleaded not guilty. Bolivian police officials say he was removed from his job leading an anticorruption unit on Aug. 28.

Ormachea Aliaga faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on each of two charges.

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