- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia has extradited to the U.S. a prominent Panamanian businessman accused of running a worldwide money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.

Nidal Waked was arrested on a sealed indictment from a federal court in Miami when he arrived in Colombia in May.

He was extradited Thursday.

Waked and his uncle Abdul Waked are accused of laundering millions in drug profits through a web of companies including a luxury mall, a bank and the duty-free zone at Panama City’s international airport as well as shops at other regional hubs. The family also owns Panama’s oldest newspaper.

The two men have denied wrongdoing.


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