Alex Saab, figurehead of Maduro, has been imprisoned in Cape Verde since June 12
The Colombian newspaper details that the surprising transfer occurs after in recent days there has been an unusual movement at the Amílcar Cabral de Espargos international airport, where Saab was captured. A Boieng C-17A Globemaster III from the UK landed on July 1st. And United States aircraft also asked for permission to stay on islands near Cape Verde. For Washington, it is clear that Saab is the route to reach the hidden and illicit fortunes of the heads of the regime and the movement of gold and dollars to Turkey, Iran and Russia. But also, says El Tiempo, a Maduro regime plane landed very close, in Guinea-Bissau, and has been in that position since June 26.
Saab was detained on June 12 at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on Sal Island (the most important in Cape Verde), in response to a request from the United States made through an Interpol “red alert” for money laundering crimes. of money.
The only images of Saab imprisoned in Cape Verde (Infobae)
ANDOn June 30, the country received the formal request for extradition, and the Office of the Attorney General now has a period of 65 days, which starts on June 12, to respond to the US request. « The response of the PGR will consist of a legally justified judicial opinion that will be addressed to the Government of Cape Verde, which will make its decision, » explained a source close to the process to the . agency. However, he added, « the final decision will rest with the court, at the Barlavento Court of Appeals, which operates on the island of San Vicente, and the defense can also appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ). »
Saab, born in the Colombian city of Barranquilla and of Lebanese origin, is related to several companies, including Group Grand Limited (GGL), accused of supplying surcharges to the Maduro regime with food and supplies for the government’s Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP). A US government official indicated in July 2019 that with the CLAPs, which are delivered to the poorest, the Colombian businessman and three stepchildren of Maduro profited, apparently, with « hundreds of millions of dollars. »
US accuses Saab of laundering $ 350 million from the regime
Washington also filed charges last July against Saab and his right-hand man, Álvaro Enrique Pulido, whom he accuses of laundering up to $ 350 million allegedly defrauded through the exchange control system in Venezuela. According to the US, Between November 2011 and September 2015, Saab and Pulido conspired with each other to launder their illicit profits and transfer them from Venezuela to US bank accounts, which is why Washington has jurisdiction in the case.
His arrest occurred after the Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office imposed precautionary measures on the 9th of June for the expropriation of eight properties that « would be part of Saab’s illicit heritage ». According to the Prosecutor’s Office, these assets have a value of 35,000 million pesos (about 9.7 million dollars) and are in Barranquilla.
Also, Saab was an integral part of a successful effort to strengthen Venezuela’s relationship with Turkey, with shipments of at least $ 900 million in gold to the country in 2018. US officials maintain that part of the metal arrived in Tehran, in violation of penalties.
The Foreign Ministry of the Venezuelan dictatorship said in a statement that Saab was in Cape Verde on a scale, as part of a mission to purchase food for the regime’s subsidy program, as well as medications for the coronavirus pandemic, and His arrest is part of the « persecution and aggression of the United States against the Venezuelan people. » The maneuver tries to make Maduro’s front man pass as a Venezuelan diplomat to avoid extradition.
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