It was made known that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requested a 30-day extension to file its brief; on Alex Saab’s appeal filed before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
The defense of special envoy Alex Saab asked the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, Georgia, to deny the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s request to file its arguments on October 7 and not on September 7 as scheduled.
“A 30-day delay in this case greatly increases the risk that Mr. Saab will be extradited and subject to U.S. custody at the expense of his diplomatic immunity,” Saab’s defense said.
They added that an extension would amount “to an additional 30 days of unlawful detention (…) either in Cape Verde or in the United States.”
With this action the DOJ is attempting to delay the Eleventh Circuit proceedings in hopes of securing; extradition from Cape Verde and avoid contesting
Alex Saab’s assertion of diplomatic immunity.
Since the detention of Ambassador Alex Saab on the island of Sal, under constant supervision of armed guards, many truths about the U.S.-Cape Verde relationship have surfaced, along with reasonable hypotheses about ulterior motives.
U.S. Government on Cape Verde in Alex Saab Case
It is no secret to anyone that the U.S. government has a vested interest in the arrest of Ambassador Alex Saab; this illegal detention had an immediate effect on his diplomatic duties, blocking part of a special mission that was being carried out for the people of Venezuela.
Cape Verde was vulnerable, their national debt was huge and tourism, the main industry apart from minimal salt mining, was non-existent. They needed money and found a way to get it using Saab.
The United States took advantage of this debt-consumed island that will now pay the price for years after changing its reputation on the mainland. Cape Verde’s non-compliance with the ECOWAS Court of Justice ruling was a prime example.
In its March 2021 ruling, the ECOWAS Court of Justice declared that the arrest and detention of Venezuelan ambassador Alex Nain Saab Moran was illegal, ordered his release, suspended extradition proceedings against him to the United States, and awarded him $200,000 in compensation for Cape Verde’s violations of his human rights. To this day, Cape Verde has not complied.
These are just a few examples of how Saab is a victim of politics and how a small, island nation has been influenced by money and power.