Dictator Nicolás Maduro’s frontman, Álex Saab, accused in the United States of money laundering conspiracy, collaborated with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a year, according to court documents released Wednesday.
One of the documents declassified by order of Judge Robert N. Scola also says that Saab “forfeited money to the United States and the DEA as part of a self-surrender deal in the United States to face charges for his criminal conduct.”
Scola ordered the declassification on Wednesday of two documents from the file of Saab, who has been detained in Miami since his extradition from Cape Verde in October of last year and whose trial is now scheduled for October 2022.
According to the judge, in nearly a year the defense has not presented valid arguments to support that the disclosure of such documents endangers the defendant’s family in Venezuela.
One of them states that Saab cooperated with the DEA “over the course of almost twelve months” by providing information on criminal activity, before being investigated and arrested in Cape Verde on a US arrest warrant.
The frontman “cooperated with Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) agents, provided the DEA with information about his criminal activity, engaged in proactive cooperation as a confidential source for the DEA, and delivered money to the United States and the DEA as part of a self-surrender agreement in the United States to face charges for his criminal conduct.”
According to that document, Saab Morán’s cooperation “included providing law enforcement with information about the bribes that he paid.”