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Cape Verde Court Authorizes Extradition of Maduro Front Man Alex Saab

Tribunal de Cabo Verde, El American

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The defense of Álex Saab, Colombian businessman linked to Nicolás Maduro’s regime and accused of money laundering, tried everything to delay or avoid his extradition to the United States. However, this Tuesday the Cape Verde Court authorized the measure.

According to El Tiempo of Colombia, after a hearing of more than one hour, on August 13, the Constitutional Court rejected the last remaining appeal of Saab’s lawyers and declared the constitutionality of the decisions already taken by the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Both instances approved his transfer to the United States.

It was also known that the Court asked the authorities of Cape Verde to reinforce the security of the businessman from Barranquilla after the decision.

The case of Alex Saab

The United States justice accuses Saab for an asset laundering mega-operation of more than 350 million dollars, linked to irregular contracts in Venezuela. Many of them associated with subsidized housing programs and the so-called “Cajas Clap”, a food program promoted by chavismo.

In July 2019, the US Department of Justice filed charges against Saab and another Colombian businessman, named Álvaro Enrique Pulido.

In total, there are eight crimes of which the alleged Maduro’s front man in the United States is accused. According to the newspaper El Nacional, seven charges are related to money laundering and one to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Several Venezuelan political actors referred to the case. For example, the former commissioner and political prisoner, Iván Simonovis assured that the American justice is advancing in the Venezuelan case. “Attention Nicolás Maduro, without negotiations American justice is moving at a winning pace,” Simonovis wrote on Twitter.

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