Having passed the corresponding legal procedures for the extradition of the Barranquilla businessman Alex Saab, in the first instance, has not been enough for the measure to be fulfilled and everything indicates that The noted figurehead of Nicolás Maduro will spend more time than previously believed in a cell in Cape Verde.
The situation occurs after Saab’s defense presented the case before the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (Cedeao) and Such action could stop the businessman’s extradition to the United States.
However, in parallel to the action, according to Cape Verdean media, For weeks, the security of the detention center where Saab is located has been intensified given the rumors of a possible escape plan that could be carried out amid the delays in the extradition process that, from the defense, has taken place in recent months.
The new action of the lawyers could have some result at the latest in a month, so Saab’s stay in Cape Verde is extended.
In between the excuses, arguments and legal actions to stop the extradition, a complaint was added at the beginning of September, which was verified by the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) of Cape Verde and related to the fact that Saab had been tortured in a prison in the African country at the request of the United States.
The Public Ministry released the note after the Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’ denounced that Saab has “suffered torture” from “four native Cape Verdean employees” that the United States has in prison. However, the PRG pointed out that, after the visit of two prosecutors and a justice official to the prison, the team concluded that “there is no indication that the detainee has been tortured.”
“Conversely, there are strong indications that he has been self-mutilating inside the cell, which led the prison management to remove the personal object used for that purpose, ”the Attorney General’s Office stressed.
Over five months and between legal and diplomatic struggles, the extradition measure has been postponed.
Saab was captured on June 12 when his plane stopped to refuel at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal (the most important Cape Verde), in response to a request from the United States through Interpol.