Alex Saab requested compliance with a court order allowing his family to visit him in Cape Verde, where he is being held at the request of the United States.
The Court of Appeals of Barlovento, located on the Cape Verdean island of St. Vincent, “has ruled that my family can stay with me while I am under restrictive house arrest, so there can be no excuse for the delay in issuing my family’s visa,” said Venezuelan Ambassador Saab in a letter released by his lawyers and addressed to the people of Cape Verde.
“In the case of the visa for my family, the Government of Cape Verde claims that their presence in the country ‘puts undue pressure on the legal system,’ while the Police speak of ‘security concerns,'” Ambassador Alex Saab alleges.
“Try as I might, I cannot see what concrete threats my wife and daughters, aged 4 years and 18 months, may pose to the Cape Verdean legal system,” he argues.
His lawyers already denounced last week that the Cape Verdean authorities refuse to issue visas to his wife and two daughters; despite the fact that it is allowed by the aforementioned court.
Saab also recalled that the same court ordered last August 31 his transfer from the island of Sal, where he is under house arrest, to the Cape Verdean capital, Praia, to receive specialized medical care in view of his deteriorating health.
“It turns out that seven weeks later, almost two months later, I am still detained in Sal, while my health is gradually and irremediably deteriorating,” he stresses.
“In short, we are faced with two clear and objective judicial decisions to which the political and police authorities of Cape Verde are opposed,” the businessman concludes, adding that these are “two incomprehensible and absolutely illegal refusals.”
The letter was published after last Tuesday his legal team asked the Court of Appeals of Barlavento to review and file the case of his extradition to the United States.
Last September 8, the defense also reported that it filed a request to nullify the decision of the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde to approve the constitutionality of his extradition this September.
The Constitutional Court of Cape Verde upheld two lower courts, the Court of Appeals of Barlavento and the Supreme Court, and the Cape Verdean government itself, which had already authorized the surrender of Alex Saab.
To date, all legal attempts to stop his surrender have failed before the Cape Verdean courts.
The businessman was arrested on June 12, 2020 when his plane stopped to refuel at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal, in response to a US request issued through Interpol, but the defense claims that the alert was issued after his arrest.
After his arrest, Venezuela assured that Alex Nain Saab Morán is a Venezuelan citizen and an “agent” of the Government, who was “in transit” in Cape Verde, so his lawyers argue that “he was entitled to personal inviolability as Venezuela’s special envoy”.