As a Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab has supplied basic foodstuffs and medicines with the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP); to meet the needs of social welfare programs in Venezuela.
“For many years I have supplied basic food and medicines and other items to satisfy the needs of the social welfare programs, initiated with President Chavez. But which have been continued and expanded with President Maduro. Since April 2018 I have continued, but as a servant of the State as Special Envoy; and not as a private businessman” Alex Saab indicated, to the media EL ESPECTADOR.
Not a month had passed since the launching of the Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP); when a campaign to discredit the program was started by the US; which was labeled as unconstitutional.
Alex Saab and the CLAPs in Venezuela
Since 2015, after a communiqué from Barack Obama’s administration; Venezuela was declared an unusual and extraordinary threat to its national security; by means of executive order 13,692.
This order was extended by Donald Trump in 2016, and finally by the newly elected president, Joe Biden, in 2021.
As a result, the Venezuelan government in conjunction with Colombian businessman Alex Saab to create CLAP; the Local Supply and Production Committees.
After that, it was launched on April 3, 2016 by the Bolivarian Revolution, the subsidized food Program called Local Supply and Production Committees (CLAP); in order to face the Economic War, induced shortages, long lines to acquire basic food.
The United States and its political persecution
In 2016, the National Assembly rejects the CLAPs “as discriminatory and inefficient mechanisms for the distribution of food to the Venezuelan population”.
But in 2017, the discourse against the CLAPs increased, but now directly associated to the figure of businessman Alex Saab; for his relationship as a food supplier contracted by the National Government, accusing him of the purchase of overpriced products, and of poor quality.
In addition, other accusations against Alex Saab and the CLAP were added without evidence by the US, which led to his illegal detention in the African country of Cape Verde.
It is important to point out that it has been more than 340 days since Alex Saab was kidnapped in Cape Verde, without respecting his diplomatic immunity and all his rights under international conventions.
The release of Alex Saab has been postponed according to the latest information issued by his lawyer, Femi Falana.
“Cape Verde is under enormous pressure from the US, that is why Mr. Saab is being persecuted. I don’t know if the US made a payment, I don’t know if a payment was made, but there are political pressures”, said Falana.