This Sunday, the state television station in Cape Verde released a video showing the exact moment in which the authorities transferred businessman Alex Saab to a detention center.
In the footage, Saab, 49, is seen being taken to a detention center handcuffed and escorted by the African country police, without signs of having been mistreated.
Landim said there is “reciprocity” between Cape Verde and the U.S. under U.N. conventions on aspects of crime fighting, including corruption and money laundering, which could allow Saab to be extradited.
U.S. officials believe Saab holds “many secrets about how Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, his family and top aides allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars in government contracts” amid widespread hunger in the oil-rich nation.
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Venezuelan businessman Alex Naín Saab Morán was illegally detained by Interpol authorities in the Republic of Cape Verde (Africa) last Friday, June 12, while complying with a technical scale, despite the fact that there was no current red code in the system of that international police coordination body.
After his arbitrary arrest, this June 13, extemporaneously, Interpol issued an arrest warrant to justify his arrest, without considering the diplomatic immunity that international law grants to an agent of a sovereign government.
And is that the “crime” committed by this businessman has been to alleviate the effect of unilateral and illegal coercive measures that weigh on Venezuela as a result of the United States’ “maximum pressure” policy, which condemn the Venezuelan people to hunger and scarcity of medicines.
CircularRoja Colombian newspaper El Tiempo confirms that Alex Saab’s arrest warrant was issued on Saturday 13JUN by Interpol, hours after his arrest on Friday 12. They used bluecode, which is to request information, in order to wait for the red circular .
The arrest warrant was requested by the US Department of Justice on charges of 1) Conspiracy to commit money laundering and
2) Laundering of monetary instruments (7 accounts) and corresponds to a case in a court of the Southern District of Florida.
He was set to appear before a judge who will decide on the next steps. The United States must now send a formal extradition request to Cape Verde, according to RTCV.
Officials at the Cape Verde attorney general’s office couldn’t be reached Monday.
Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab and a business partner last year on money laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government that was never built…
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has delivered 3,100,000 homes to Covid-19, could a neoliberal government say the same?
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