Joe Biden Secures Release of Venezuelan Businessman in Exchange for Imprisoned Americans: The Latest Updates

2023-12-23 02:08:49

A few days ago, President Joe Biden’s government released a close ally of the leader of the Venezuelan regime, Nicolás Maduro, in exchange for Americans imprisoned in Venezuela, the Associated Press learned.

They claim that in exchange for this, Maduro would release one of the ten US citizens imprisoned in Venezuela (probably all of them), according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to do so publicly.

And recently, White House Security Spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged this Thursday that the release of businessman Álex Saab, considered a front man for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, is part of his strategy to stop migration from the region and, in particular, from Venezuela.

Recently, White House Security Spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged this Thursday that the release of businessman Álex Saab, considered a front man for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, is part of his strategy to stop migration from the region and, in particular, , from Venezuela. | Photo: AFP or licensors

“There are many factors. And part of that is, of course, dealing with the internal (political and) instability of the region. Thus, the work we have done in this matter with Venezuela – not only to win back the Americans, but to ensure that the Maduro regime adheres to certain electoral reforms – is important,” he asserted.

In that sense, journalist Joshua Goodman revealed on his Twitter account Joe Biden’s requirements to release the Barranquilla businessman.

Here’s Biden’s presidential pardon that freed Alex Saab.

  • The 12 million dollars he lost to the DEA are not returned.
  • It applies to only one case, so in theory Saab can be charged in a separate 2021 case for food trafficking, where he is “co-conspirator 1.”
  • No Netflix book/series offer.

Tortured?

Regarding the allegations coming from Caracas about alleged crimes against humanity and physical and psychological torture suffered by Álex Saab, spokesperson Kirby declared that he does not have “any evidence” that supports the validity of these reports.

Saab, in a recent press conference with Jorge Rodríguez, claimed to have been a victim of kidnapping, torture, isolation, slander and defamation, highlighting that, over 1,286 days, not a single crime could be proven or any evidence presented. , whether against him or against Venezuela.

The Venezuelan government confirmed the release of Álex Saab on Wednesday, shortly after US President Joe Biden announced that Caracas had released several US prisoners as a gesture that would receive “appropriate action if necessary.”

Saab was arrested in June 2020 in Cape Verde and later extradited to the United States, although the Venezuelan government maintains that his arrest was illegal, since he had immunity as a “special envoy” of the Maduro government.

Saab was arrested in June 2020 in Cape Verde and later extradited to the United States. | Photo: Fquinterotvproducciones

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