- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Trial could begin as early as next week 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.

A federal judge on Monday said the trial would begin during the two-week period beginning March 3 for Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga. The trial will be held in Fort Lauderdale.

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.

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