Alex Saab, who is accused of being the main Nicolás Maduro’s right-hand man, currently resides in a luxury in an exclusive area of Cape Verde, even though the U.S. is currently waiting for his extradition.
Saab is being investigated in the United States and Europe for being a key player in illicit businesses linked to terrorism, drug trafficking, the illicit sale of gold and the import of overpriced subsidized food.
The Colombian businessman became one of the most powerful men in the shadows in Venezuela, to the point that Maduro went so far as to prohibit the press from disseminating information about him.
A report by the investigative portal Armando Info revealed that Saab lives in a luxurious townhouse in Isla de Sal, recognized as the tourist mecca of Cape Verde. It is the Vila Verde beach resort, with villas, shopping malls, and walkways in its surroundings.
The Cape Verde justice, which complied with the arrest after the Interpol red alert, agreed to offer house arrest to the man who for years was the right hand of Maduro’s regime. However, it seems that the place chosen for Alex Saab to be held in detention was selected to avoid any risk of escape.
The house, according to Armando Info, even has a swimming pool, and even with the comforts, Saab has published letters complaining because “the National Police follows all his movements with drones.”
Why hasn’t Maduro’s right-hand man been extradited
For the delivery of Alex Saab to the United States to become effective, it is necessary that two of the three judges that make up the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde ratify it.
“Sources familiar with the process assure that at the end of May or beginning of June the ruling could take place, but the defense is still trying to delay the outcome,” the media reports.