The African Lawyers Association has asked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to sanction Cape Verde for the illegal detention of Venezuelan ambassador Alex Saab.

This was informed by the president of this important African organization, Hannibal Uwaifo, at a press conference in Lagos, where he reiterated the denunciation of the illegality of this action by the Cape Verdean authorities who have ignored the ECOWAS ruling ordering the release of the Venezuelan diplomat.

In this sense, the jurists insist on their call to the regional heads of state of the community to restore the integrity of ECOWAS by sanctioning the West African country.

African lawyers call for sanction against Cape Verde for Alex Saab case

Uwaifo warned that these actions of disobedience to the rule of law by heads of state and government have been one of the main causes of the increasing number of military coups in the region.

“The latest growing number of coups in West Africa is the result of disobedience to the rule of law and judicial orders by heads of state,” he warned.

The African jurists’ request adds to the growing demands made by international bodies such as the UN Commission on Human Rights and regional bodies, which are clamoring for respect for diplomatic immunity.

But these requests have been ignored by the authorities of Cape Verde who, in violation of international law and the laws and Constitution of their own country, are striving to comply with the order given by the United States to kidnap and extradite Alex Nain Saab Moran in their eagerness to punish those who violate their scheme of unilateral coercive measures imposed against Venezuela in the search for a change of Government.