The news was confirmed by US official sources to the agency AP, Cape Verdean government sources for EFE And tough defense team to the series CNN. A US federal source also confirmed this to Univision Investiga.
He was a Cape Verdean businessman Since June 2020 announced of course Money laundering. On Saturday, he left the country on a plane bound for the United States.
Delivery ends A long judicial journey that lasted more than a year, since the arrest of the businessman on June 12, 2020, when his plane stopped to refuel at Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal. He was heading to Iran What Nicolás Maduro’s government called a diplomatic humanitarian mission.
Arrest responded to US petition sent via INTERPOLHowever, Saab’s defense claimed that this alert was issued after the arrest, and thus filed an appeal against the alleged unconstitutionality of the arrest. Justice in Cape Verde did not agree with them.
Alex Saab: Money laundering, bribery and a global network of shell companies
Miami federal prosecutors filed charges against Saab in 2019 for Money laundering linked to an alleged bribery scheme More than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government, the agency said AP.
Extradition of Alex Saab: Maduro considers it a “kidnapping”
Venezuela’s government on Saturday denounced Saab’s extradition as the “kidnapping” of one of its diplomats by the United States.
“Venezuela condemns the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab by the United States Government, with the complicity of the Cape Verdean authorities, which… They tortured and arbitrarily detained him in prison “For 491 days, without an arrest warrant or due process of law,” Nicolas Maduro’s government said in a statement.
Chavista management He accused Cape Verde of breaking laws and dismissed what he saw as a “serious violation of human rights” for Saab who asserted that ” Invest as a diplomat and representative of our country in the world.
In this sense, he pointed out that this work Affects the development of negotiations between the government and the opposition in Mexico They state that Saab was appointed as the representative of the official delegation in the talks that started on August 13th.
Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delsey Rodriguez, expressed his rejection of the extradition via his Twitter, in response to a post by the Colombian President, Ivan Duque, in which the president celebrates the news.
Venezuela protests the arrest of Alex Saab
After his arrest in Cape Verde, the Venezuelan government confirmed that the businessman was a Venezuelan citizen and an “agent” of the government who was “in transit” in Cape Verde, which is why his lawyers asserted that “He had the right to personal inviolability as a special envoy from Venezuela.”
The 49-year-old businessman’s name surfaced in the media when former Venezuelan prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz accused him in 2017 of being one of the Symbols of the Venezuelan President.
Difficult , Born in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and of Lebanese origin, he is associated with several companies, including Group Grand Limited (GGL), accused of crimes Supplying food and groceries in installments To the administration of Nicolás Maduro.
The businessman and Maduro’s three sons benefited from these operations with him “Hundreds of millions of dollars”, according to US authorities.