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Biden Would Trade Chavista Front Man Alex Saab for an American Kidnapped by Maduro

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This Friday, June 15, former Secretary of State Marshall S. Billingslea denounced on Twitter that the Government of Joe Biden would allegedly be willing to swap Alex Saab —Nicolás Maduro’s front man who is detained in the United States accused of money laundering— for one of the American political prisoners in Venezuela.

Billingslea assured that “it took years to build the sanctions package and indictment, and to secure an extradition.” The former Secretary of State said, “Credible rumors are swirling that the White House wants to trade Alex Saab to Venezuela. By recognizing his sham claim to be a diplomat, they would sabotage the court case against him”.

“Alex Saab was one of Maduro’s top bagmen. What’s worse, he made his money by profiting from the starvation of the Venezuelan people and looting from the CLAP program,” added Billingslea.

The extradition of Alex Saab

In October last year, Alex Saab’s extradition to the United States was confirmed. The Cape Verdean justice authorized the process in August 2020, but it was delayed due to legal arguments. However, in the end, the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde verified the legality of the process faced by the Colombian businessman.

A Justice Department plane left on July 16, 2021, bound for Miami with Saab, who was previously presented before a judge. El Tiempo confirmed that the aircraft is the Gulfstream G550 with registration number N708JH. 

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.

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