The Venezuelan government asked the Cape Verde authorities last Thursday to grant a humanitarian measure to businessman Alex Saab, to remove him from the imprisonment he has faced in that country since June and allow him to share in freedom with his family about Christmas.
“That considering the festive dates (…) the Venezuelan citizen Alex Nain Saab Morán be granted (…) a humanitarian measure that allows him to share with his loved ones in freedom, a condition that should never have been taken from him,” says a statement from the Foreign Ministry of Caracas.
Venezuela hopes to comply with the decision of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (Cedeao) and “issue a humanitarian measure that guarantees the protection of human rights” of Saab, who was arrested in the middle of a trip in the that he was going as a special envoy from Venezuela.
Cedeao ordered Cape Verde to put Saab under house arrest, a ruling that was rejected by the Justice of that African country, so Saab will continue behind bars at the request of the United States, which has requested his extradition for alleged crimes of money laundering. of money.
“There is no legal element that prevents Mr. Alex Saab from enjoying the arrival of the new year with his wife and children, victims of this perverse plot orchestrated from Washington,” says the note from the Maduro government.
In the opinion of the so-called Bolivarian revolution, this arrest “is part of the obsessive siege campaign” by the United States Government against Venezuela “in order to inflict more suffering on the Venezuelan people and to destabilize their institutions and internal order.”
Saab, recalls the statement, has worked since 2018 as Special Envoy of Venezuela, “whose functions consist of facilitating the obtaining of supplies of medicine, food and other goods,” a task that the Chavista Executive entrusted to him to try to circumvent economic sanctions imposed by the USA
After the arrest of Saab, whom the United States accuses of being a front man for President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela pointed out that Saab is also a Venezuelan citizen and an “agent” of the Government who was “in transit” in Cape Verde to return to the country .
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan state company Minerven sent gold to Cape Verde in order to oil Saab’s freedom, Venezuelan media cited.
The Corporación Venezolana de Guayana Minerven CA (CVG Minerven) is a company created by then-president Rafael Caldera in 1970, nationalized in 1974 by Carlos Andrés Pérez and since 2013 it was intervened by Maduro.
On the other hand, a powerful United States warship was deployed in Cape Verde to prevent any maneuvering by the Venezuelan and Iranian regimes to achieve the businessman’s release, according to the New York Times.
During the past month of November, the USS San Jacinto cruiser would have carried out a secret mission in Cape Verde.
The prestigious North American newspaper affirms that the operation was launched after the businessman was arrested and adds that also in November two West African countries, at the request of the North American State Department, denied permission to refuel a plane at their airports. Iranian bound for Cape Verde.
According to the information, the plane would transport Iranian spies, commandos or lawyers trying to annul Saab’s extradition.