BOGOTA, Colombia  

Colombian President Ivan Duque on Wednesday slammed remarks by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over Bogota’s request for the extradition of fugitive lawmaker Aida Merlano. 

On Tuesday, Maduro spoke for the first time about the issue since Venezuelan authorities arrested the former Colombian senator in Maracaibo, Venezuela last October. Merlano had been serving a prison sentence in Colombia for vote buying when she escaped, slipping past her guards and illegally crossing into Venezuela.

Maduro said he was amused by the fact that Duque had asked Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido for Merlano’s extradition.

“I laughed hard

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