The first emergency human rights delegation to Cape Verde working to ensure the release of Alex Saab, the embattled Venezuelan ambassador and stop his extradition to the US were denied access to him on their first day.
Venezuelan Ambassador, Alejandro Correa Ortega who was the first person to gain access to see Saab from Cape Verdean authorities had met with the team but met heavily armed guards on attempts to see the Country’s Police Chief.
“We suspect that we were allowed to enter Cape Verde because we have US passports. It is clear that our presence is not hidden, as it we have been invited and interviewed by both local TV and radio” a member of the delegation said.
The famous Cape Verde Religious Leader, Bishop Felipe Teixeira will lead the humanitarian committee which is part of an ongoing international solidarity campaign to ensure the release of saab and stop his extradition to the US.
Also on the delegation is foremost Cape Verde politician, Pericles Tavares; Human rights activists, Sara Flounders of International Action Center and Roger Harris of Task Force on the Americas.
The committee had earlier initiated an international petition calling on President Jorge Carlos Fonseca, Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva and US President Joe Biden to release Alex Saab from detention and put an end to the extradition process which they described as illegal.
The petitions was signed by a large number of people which includes former UN special rapporteur on human rights, Alfred de Zayas; Peace activist, Medea Benjamin; Intellectual, Noam Chomsky; Senior peace organizer, Al Marde; Historian and journalist, Vijay Prashad and Max Blumenthal.
Others are: Joe Lombardo of United National
Antiwar Coalition; Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza of Orinoco Tribune; Paul Liem of the Korean Policy Institute; Ajamu Baraka of the Black Alliance for Peace, among other renowned attorneys in the US, Canada, and Venezuela.
Alex Saab was arrested while having a stop over on his way back to Iran from Venezuela because of a request by the US led by Donald Trump on the ground of money laundering. The Venezuelan government kicked against the move and claimed that Mr Saab was its Special Envoy and was on a humanitarian mission.
They added that before Saab’s arrest, he was on a trip to get food and medical supplies in Iran before being arrested by security operatives in Cape Verde while having a stop over.
The legal battle is Alex Saab’s case has been prolonged for a while and has attracted international attention over several allegations of external pressures.