Recently, the Court of Cape Verde has made public its decision on the case of Alex Saab, giving a ruling in favor of the U.S. government, which has made the request for his arrest to Interpol. Therefore, Femi Falana and the defense team of the Venezuelan Ambassador have made public their dissatisfaction with this event, where Cape Verdean authorities have made it clear that this is a political case.
For their part, the team of lawyers accompanying Femi Falana have rejected the role of the authorities of the African country and their silence in the kidnapping and illegal extradition process against the Venezuelan Special Envoy.
Likewise, the lawyers in the communiqué express their astonishment before the declarations of the president of the African nation, Jorge Fonseca; who, after long weeks of silence, exclaimed the decision of September 7, which justifies his complete capitulation to the will of the United States.
Thus, such statement highlights Russia’s position by reiterating that the case of the Venezuelan Ambassador, Alex Saab, is at the center of the debate between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition; thus denouncing once again the political motivations surrounding the illegal detention of Saab in Cape Verde.
The following is the statement of the lawyers accompanying Femi Falana in the case of Alex Saab
“The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.” Once again I am left shaking my head in disbelief at the lengths the Cape Verdean elite will go to, this time in the form of President Jorge Fonseca, to justify their complete capitulation to the will of the United States.
President Fonseca, after several weeks of silence, exclaimed the September 7 decision of his country’s Constitutional Court to reject the appeal of my client, Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, against a lower court decision authorizing his extradition to the United States of America.
Unfortunately, like an understudy rushing onto the stage in the middle of a crucial scene in a play, the President made a mess of the lines he had to say and would have been better off staying backstage and waiting for the curtain to open for him after the October presidential elections.
In recent months, President Fonseca and Attorney General Luis Landim, while acknowledging that the Alex Saab matter is “of course” politically charged, have continued with the pretense that it is “in the hands of the courts”. The President knows and so does the Prosecutor, that the Alex Saab affair and the way it has been treated by the Cape Verdean elites is only political. On March 16 of this year, his own Supreme Court of Justice accepted that Alex Saab is a legally appointed diplomat, but that the recognition of his status and his right to immunity and inviolability is a decision to be made by the Executive Branch.
How can one doubt that the rabid persecution of a diplomat, engaged in a humanitarian Special Mission, detained without the existence of a warrant, whose extradition request contains a warrant in the name of another person, whose release is ordered in a binding decision of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and whose possible extradition the United Nations has requested to be stopped, but who remains in illegal detention, is anything but political?
Today, the Russian Federation, in an unequivocal statement, not only condemned the September 7 decision of the Constitutional Court, but also noted that the Alex Saab affair is at the center of discussions taking place between representatives of President Nicolas Maduro and Venezuelan opposition parties.
The talks, hosted by Norway, seek to find a political resolution to establish a roadmap for Venezuela’s political future. In other words, Alex Saab’s fate is undoubtedly a political question and all parties (including the United States, which is advising the opposition) recognize this.