The Cape Verde Justice authorized the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman Álex Naím Saab Morán, who has been imprisoned in the African country for almost two months for alleged money laundering in favor of the regime in Venezuela. This was confirmed on Tuesday by José Manuel Pinto Monteiro, one of the Barranquilla’s lawyers accused of being the main figurehead of President Nicolás Maduro.
Saab He was arrested on June 12 when his plane stopped to refuel at Amilcar Cabral International Airport, on the island of Sal. The arrest occurred in response to a request from the United States, made through an Interpol circular, for the aforementioned crime.
Since then, a legal and diplomatic dispute has been unleashed to define the fate of Saab, identified by Venezuela as a diplomatic agent, and who since June 14 received a preventive prison order in Cape Verde.
Initially, the Cape Verdean government has accepted the US request for extradition, but after the legal maneuvers of his defense, the last word was held by the judicial branch of that country, which ended up endorsing the Executive’s opinion.
In this sense, the Barlavento Court of Appeals, with based on the Cape Verdean island of San Vicente, “Approved the extradition” in a ruling “dated July 31,” as lawyer Pinto Monteiro explained yesterday in statements from Praia, the capital of Cape Verde.
They have 10 days to appeal
“We were notified (the court ruling) yesterday afternoon. We have 10 days (which would be fulfilled on August 13) to file an appeal (appeal), ”stressed the lawyer, specifying that Álex Saab was notified of the decision yesterday.
The judicial opinion met a day after the Cape Verde Constitutional Court (TC) dismissed the appeal filed in July by the defense, since it understands that there are still procedures underway in the Barlavento Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) on extradition.
On the other hand, the former Spanish judge Baltazar Garzón, also a defender of Saab, issued a statement in which he assured that “the Barlavento Court ignored the right of the special envoy Saab to an effective remedy and erroneously justified his neglect of the defense opposition document, stating that the law only allows him to review the extradition request for limited reasons. ”
He added that “an application for amparo will be presented to the Constitutional Court” and that “Mr. Saab reserves the right to take any local and international legal action to enforce his rights.”
Since his arrest, the 48-year-old Colombian businessman has alleged health problems, for which he even requested house arrest under the supervision of a doctor.
Pinto said yesterday that his client’s state of health is “relatively serious” and that he considers his life to be “at risk” if the incarceration conditions do not change and he is assigned “regular and effective medical monitoring”.
The lawyer made that statement after the alleged figurehead was interned on an emergency Saturday, for approximately two hours, at the Ramiro Figueira Hospital, on the island of Sal.
“He is a chronic patient and has a clinical picture of diabetes, high blood pressure and stomach problems,” Pinto explained.