World extradition of a close to Maduro to the USA, Caracas

11:10  17 october  2021
11:10  17 october  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Extradition d'un proche de Maduro vers les USA, ire de Caracas © AFP

A Lex SAAB , a businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and acknowledgment of whitening was extradited Saturday of the Cap- Green to the United States , which triggered the anger of Caracas, which suspended its participation in the dialogue with the opposition.

Considered as an important intermediary of Venezuelan power, Alex Saab is on the plane on the road to the United States, "said a source within his legal team.

It is supposed to "make its first judicial hearing on Monday, October 18" in front of a Florida court, said the US Department of Justice in a statement, confirming this extradition.

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the Colombian businessman, 49, and his partner Alvaro Pulido are accused of the United States of being at the head of a vast network that allowed the Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro and his regime to divert to their benefit Food aid to Venezuela .

They are suspected of having transferred some $ 350 million (about 302 million euros) from Venezuela to accounts they controlled in the United States and other countries.

They risk up to 20 years in prison. Alex Saab, who also has Venezuelan nationality and a Venezuelan diplomatic passport, was charged in July 2019 in Miami for money laundering, and arrested at a stopover in Cape Verde, off the AFRICA WEST, in June 2020.

"Everything we will know about Alex Saab and the great corruption at the highest level of power in Venezuela will be partly thanks to the" Cape Verde, "who has Resisted the pressure ", welcomed Roberto Deniz, a specialist reporter of the file, which awaits a lot of the trial in the United States of Saab.

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"Never" Caracas "did not get away for someone. What explains that he's stirring heaven and earth for him? He can reveal things about the montages, the flow of funds, the additional costs ... It was the working ankle of the Maduro regime with the allied countries, "he recently stated in AFP.

The extradition of Mr. Saab by Cape Verde, who agreed to arrest him, seemed inevitable after an umpteenth court decision on September 7 and more than one year of proceedings.

"Hunger and Humanitarian Crisis"

"We were informed that Alex Saab had been embarked on an airplane of the United States Department of Justice and sent to this country," said Jose Manuel Pinto Monteiro , one of his lawyers in Cape Verde. "Extradition is illegal because the procedure was not yet final".

It triggered the Caracas IRE that has "suspended its participation (...) to the dialogue. We will not attend (fourth) round who had to start on October 17 in Mexico, in protest to the brutal aggression (...) against Alex Saab, "announced the President of Parliament Jorge Rodriguez, head of the delegation of power.

Venezuela suspends talks after US extradites Maduro ally

  Venezuela suspends talks after US extradites Maduro ally Alex Saab, who was arrested in Cape Verde last year, extradited to the US to face money laundering charges.Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government’s negotiation team, said on Saturday that his team will not attend the next round of talks in Mexico City.

Mr. Saab had been designated as a member of the delegation of power for the previous round in September. The members of this delegation had brandished photos of him in Mexico.

power and opposition have started negotiations since August. The power wants a removal of sanctions imposed by countries that do not recognize the election of President Maduro. The opposition, which broke with its strategy of boycott (presidential 2018 and legislative 2020), wants free and transparent elections for the regional vote of 21 November, but above all the presidential election of 2024.

opponent Julio Borges He told him to the AFP that with extradition begins "the passage before someone who stole the millions of dollars with Venezuelans, who is direct responsible for hunger and the humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela.

Without an official link, the six old executives of CITGO, a subsidiary in the United States of the Vénezuelan State oil company PDVSA, were handed over in prison Sunday, learned AFP from one of their lawyers.

sentenced to 8 to 13 years for corruption in November 2020, they had benefited from a residency assignment in April, which had been perceived as a prime gesture of President Maduro towards Washington who has several once claimed their release.

Ivan Duque, the Colombian president, one of the main political opponents of Caracas, welcomed the Twitter of extradition talking about "victory in the fight against drug trafficking, asset whitening and corruption that the corruption. Dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro favored ".

17/10/2021 05:15:19 - Miami (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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