This Tuesday it became known that the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde rejected the claims of Alex Saab’s defense attorneys, Colombian-Venezuela accused of alleged front man of Nicolas Maduro, except for decisions of the Barlavento Court and the Supreme Court of Justice, bodies that had already approved the extradition of Saab to the United States, where He is accused of money laundering.
with this decision Saab’s judicial prospects are over, Arrested on June 12, 2020, when the plane he was traveling to Iran landed at Cape Verde’s Amilcar Cabral International Airport. In compliance with an Interpol request processed by the United States. Since then, the businessman has repeatedly raised questions and objections on the decisions of the judges of that country. That road ended on Tuesday.
Saab’s story began in 2017, when the then (sacked) Venezuelan prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz described him as a key figure in the Maduro regime. His investigation linked Saab to Groupe Grand Ltd, of which he was reportedly one of the three owners. The company had broken contracts with the Maduro government in which it sold food packages to poor communities in the state.
Saab is accused of making millions of dollars through that transaction. Soon after, in July 2019, The United States accuses him of fraudulently defrauding $350 million through Venezuela’s exchange system. At the time, Maduro’s foreign ministry described the arrest as “arbitrary” and “irregular” and stated that Saab was a government official and therefore a diplomat, who was exempt from prosecution.
Saab himself has defended himself by saying that his process is a political test. “My illegal detention is purely politically motivated and it is pathetic that the Government of Cape Verde has succumbed to the United States of America (…).”, he declared to Efe early last March. All of his claims were dismissed in a 194-page resolution to the Supreme Court of Cape Verde.
from this decision A plane awaits him in which DEA agents will defend him until a US court. There he faces 40 years in prison.